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Local Education

September 19, 2013

Local schools post generally improved ISTEP scores


“Of those that didn’t pass, we haven’t had time yet to analyze individual students to see what their specific shortcomings are,” to determine what content in the standards they had difficulty with, he said.

“Some of the kids who probably struggled the most in passing both areas of the test are students we probably haven’t had since the very beginning,” Snell said.

He said the results don’t show any classwide deficiencies, which would have been a significant concern. “If there was a classwide deficiency, than we’d say that’s a problem with our curriculum and our program, but we haven’t found that,” Snell said.

Frankton-Lapel schools earned increases in a few scores, but for the most part saw numbers drop across the school district, particularly at Frankton Junior-Senior High School.

The school’s language arts and English score dropped from 77.57 percent in 2011-2012 to 75.2 percent in this year’s test. Math scores also dropped from 78.97 percent to 75.7 percent and combined pass percentage dropped from 69.63 percent to 64.6.

Not only that, but Frankton-Lapel Superintendent Robert Fields said after examining the same groups of students from one year to the next, they still saw decreases.

“Obviously, the numbers have gone down, and we haven’t had a chance to look at the numbers too deeply yet, but we’re very concerned,” Fields said.

One statistic did encourage Fields. The district scored strongly in math, and despite seeing some decreases in math scores in the district, Frankton-Lapel still boasted some of the best math scores in the county, along with South Madison schools, and Daleville, in Delaware County.

“We’re going to meet with principals, who will then meet with teachers. We’ll dig into the data and try to get to the root of where the kids didn’t do well, and try to specifically target the ares that need improved,” Fields said.

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