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SCS overall pleased with ISTEP+ results

Fourth grade students at Morristown Elementary work on a math assignment earlier this school year.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Shelbyville Central Schools Assistant Superintendent Mary Harper said the administration is “overall pleased” with the results of the 2018 ISTEP+ results. The results were released Wednesday.

Issues involving a 10th grade mathematics graphing item and grades 3-8 and 10 document image reconciliation delayed the results from being released in late-August.

When the results become available to the school districts, Harper said the administration sits down with school teachers and administrators to look at what their school did well and what areas need to be improved upon.

“We’re always looking for areas where we can improve and better meet the needs of students,” she said.

All five schools saw a decline in English Language Arts (ELA) scores, although most were slightly lower. Likewise, all five schools had declines among students who passed both the ELA and math portions.

Three of the schools –Hendricks Elementary and the middle and high schools – saw declines in the math portion.

However, Harper noted Loper Elementary’s scores remained consistent. She said the consistency within the building helps.

“For years, we were an A district,” she said. “We want to get there again. We know we want to get back there again.”

She said SCS is looking at programs that will assist in remediation and that the results showed the corporation specific areas it needs to focus on.

Elsewhere in the county, Northwestern Consolidated schools remained consistent, with the most noticeable jump in 10th grade science. That section jumped nearly 18 percent, to 81.8.

Both elementary schools in Shelby Eastern Schools saw increases in both the math and ELA portions, and Waldron Elementary saw an increase among students who passed both.

Waldron Jr/Sr. High eighth grade students had significant decreases in all three portions compared to the previous year’s eighth grade class while Morristown’s eighth grade class saw increases.

Southwestern Elementary decreased in all three when compared to the previous year’s scores while the Jr/Sr. High saw slight decreases in two of the three.

“ISTEP+ is one of the many tools Indiana uses to measure student achievement and this year’s results indicate we are moving in the right direction,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a press release. “Indiana’s classrooms are full of dedicated educators who spend each day preparing our children for academic success, and I am grateful for their hard work.”