Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 4, 2013

Some students excel, while others struggle with ISTEP+


Overall, the best-performing school in Ripley and Franklin counties is Batesville’s private St. Louis School. Even though test scores dipped slightly, 90.4 percent passed both sections vs. 91.1 percent a year ago. According to principal Chad Moeller, “I was very pleased with our performance. My expectations were for our students to excel and I was not disappointed.”

Grade-level scores ranged from 97.7 percent for sixth-graders to 78.4 percent for seventh-graders.

In addition, 95.8 percent of all SLS students passed the math section. Grades 3 and 6 impressed with perfect 100 percent scores, while at the other end of the spectrum, 89.2 percent of seventh-graders passed that portion.

Ninety-two percent passed the English/language arts section with sixth-graders at 97.7 percent and fifth-graders at 81.6 percent for the high and low scores.

The principal pointed out that seven of the 12 scores were 97 percent or higher. “Congratulations to the students, parents and staff of St. Louis School!”

When asked how SLS fared compared to other Hoosier private schools, he responded, “I have not looked at how other schools performed. That may be contrary to other administrators, but we prefer to focus on how to use the data to meet each individual student’s needs.”

Science content on the 2013 ISTEP+ was based on new science standards adopted in 2010. The release of science scores is anticipated in late October, said IDOE press secretary Daniel Altman.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

Other area scores vary widely The IDOE Web site lists much more ISTEP+ data. It can be accessed at These are the total percents of students passing both English and math sections at other area schools: State 73.5 Franklin County Franklin County Community School Corp. 69.7 St. Michael School 84.6 Ripley County Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corp. 75.3 Milan Community School Corp. 71.5 South Ripley Community School Corp. 85.2 St. Nicholas School 78.6

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