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Vigo School Leaders Pleased with ISTEP Results

The scores show that 74-percent of Hoosier students passed the English portion, and math scores were up, with an overall passing rate of nearly 83-percent. These scores are considered in the state accountability system, which leads to schools getting their letter grades later this year. Overall, students in the Vigo County School Corporation improved in eight out of 14 tested areas, and fifth graders exceeded the state average in all three tested areas.
ISTEP scores were released to schools statewide on Wednesday.

The results were delayed three months because of computer glitches during the testing.

The scores show that 74-percent of Hoosier students passed the English portion, and math scores were up, with an overall passing rate of nearly 83-percent.

These scores are considered in the state accountability system, which leads to schools getting their letter grades later this year.

Overall, students in the Vigo County School Corporation improved in eight out of 14 tested areas, and fifth graders exceeded the state average in all three tested areas.

As a district, though, Vigo County's numbers were down just barely -- dropping 0.44 percent.

But school leaders say they look more at the subject scores, especially compared to the Top Ten Urban Schools, which includes Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, and Evansville.

"The comparison to with the Top Ten is somewhat similar to last year but we were never first in terms of all the priority areas. So we are first this year in language arts and math and we are pleased to see that," said Dr. Karen Goeller, deputy superintendent of the Vigo County School Corporation.

District wide, 2,200 Vigo students had test interruptions - that's 34-percent.

But only eight of those scored were invalidated, and officials say that's a good sign for the tough testing circumstances.

"We really were encouraging people to keep positive and to have a positive attitude because coming to the assessment, sitting down to take the assessment with a positive attitude really makes a difference in how a student scores. And I think it really shows that our entire community, parents, teachers, principals, everyone... just kept a positive attitude despite the frustrations and really kept a good testing environment," said John Newport,  Vigo County School Corporation curriculum coordinator of assessment.

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