The West Central School Corporation hopes to improve its counseling services, thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment. Continue reading
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is looking to boost its school letter grades, following the latest round of ISTEP scores. Continue reading
The West Central School Corporation is finalizing teacher pay levels. The school board Thursday approved teacher contracts for the school year. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation has been working for several weeks to raise ISTEP scores and school letter grades. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board officials were anticipating low letter grades, and they were right. Last year was a new test, which made preparation difficult. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation continues to face the same challenges as everyone else, when it comes to responding to ISTEP scores. That’s according to Superintendent Dan Foster. Continue reading
The Culver Community Schools Corporation has identified a few areas for improvement. School improvement plans from both the elementary and middle/high schools were approved by the school board Monday. Continue reading
The West Central School Corporation is focusing on improving English and writing skills, after getting the results of the 2016 ISTEP. Continue reading
The two principals at North Judson-San Pierre schools have finalized their school improvement plans ahead of the state’s Dec. 1 deadline to submit them.
Even though ISTEP scores are still embargoed, both elementary Principal Mike McBride and junior/senior high school Principal Jim Polite are anticipating sub-par math scores.
McBride did tell the school board Tuesday that 98 percent of 3rd graders passed the IREAD test, and other indicators point to strong reading proficiency. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is once again bracing for low test scores. The results from the spring 2016 ISTEP haven’t yet been released publicly, but Superintendent Annette Zupin is already reassuring members of the public that steps are being taken to improve them. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation plans to offer after-school remediation prior to the administration of the Spring 2017 ISTEP exams. Continue reading
The teacher evaluation process was explained to the Culver School Board Tuesday. The evaluations help determine which teachers receive performance-based stipends and in the case of a reduction in force, which teachers are more likely to be cut. Continue reading
Knox School Superintendent A.J. Gappa reviewed a few positive results from the recent ISTEP testing and reported that the schools have been, and continue to be, in a pilot program that help to determine test questions next year. The final testing period is April 18-May 6.He reiterated that a new testing formula is to be developed by the State for the 2017-18 year.
Officials with the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation are not sad to see the ISTEP test go by the wayside. State lawmakers voted to scrap the controversial exam at the end of 2017. Superintendent Dan Foster says that decision raises some questions, like why to even give the test next year.
Foster told the school board Monday night it’s unclear at this time what will replace ISTEP. Continue reading
The West Central School Board is considering a change to the middle and high school schedule in order to better accommodate standardized and college preparatory testing. They’re currently on a block four schedule. That means students take four classes each day and meet for longer periods. As a result, some students are still in the midst of instruction on subjects covered on ISTEP and other end of course assessments in math, biology and language arts when the tests roll around. Continue reading
Culver Schools principals had the chance to share their perspectives on the ISTEP results with the school board, during Monday’s meeting. The corporation saw the biggest drop in test scores locally, with only 44.8 percent of students passing both the English/Language Arts and Math tests. Continue reading
School corporations are waiting for guidance from the state before trying to assign too much meaning to the 2014 ISTEP scores released last week. They showed a decline of roughly 20 percent statewide over the prior year. Oregon-Davis Interim Superintendent Jim Dermody calls it a “fluid situation.” He intends to dig deeper into the local data and present a full report to the school board in February. Continue reading
A local school official is weighing in on state lawmakers’ proposal to replace the ISTEP with an “off-the-shelf” test. Continue reading
The superintendents of both Pulaski County school corporations have sent a letter to community members expressing their concerns over the latest ISTEP test scores. West Central Superintendent Don Street says several factors contributed to the drop in scores indicated by the embargoed test results.
“We had a change in the standards, we had a change in the test format. It’s becoming more challenging, but we — our children, our students — just need time to adjust to what is expected of them and the type of test that they are to take.” Continue reading
They say it’s not an accurate reflection of student achievement and teaching quality.
The North Judson – San Pierre School Corporation says waiting on the state for direction is a lesson in frustration.