The expert site visits yielded information calling into question the school's reporting on ISTEP
administration, graduation rates, and enrollment.
A broad range of performance measures, including ISTEP
scores, should be considered, along with the demographics of the student body.
A mandate from the state would go a long way toward ensuring all children get the reading instruction they need -- to pass ISTEP
and to succeed in life.
The recent accolade of a second-place ranking in ISTEP
scores - out of 674 elementary schools in the state - has bolstered community pride.
While the school routinely has the highest ISTEP
test scores in the state, it also solidly emphasizes its service message, requiring all students to complete 30 hours of community service before graduating.
The success of the Indiana STEM Resource Center will be measured by its ability to increase the number of Hoosier students who pass ISTEP
+, increase the number of students who pursue and graduate with math and science-related degrees, along with many other metrics," said Anne Shane, BioCrossroads Vice President and lead project manager on this effort.
Last year, nearly two-thirds of the state's 5th - graders failed Indiana's first ISTEP
science test," said Dr.
With the completion of ISTEP
testing this week, there is increasing pressure on educators to improve scores from last year.
Wilson Education Center in Charlestown, Indiana is expanding its use of PLATO for a third year to help consortium members prepare learners for the Indiana state standardized ISTEP
(Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) exam.
PLATO was selected for its alignment to the ISTEP
, its assessment capability, its vocational skills curriculum, and commitment to ongoing course development.
PLATO will be used for ISTEP
remediation in one high school and math instruction in the other, while both middle schools will use it for math instruction.
It's not just the dollars that are spent on the ISTEP
- PLUS (the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus) and other tests like it in other states," she said.