Bloomington’s New Tech High School started the school year with a new freshman class and a new administrator with a mission: improve on the F grade the school got last year from the Indiana Department of Education.
Only 39 percent of New Tech students passed their math ISTEP+ tests exams last year. The school’s new principal, Bruce Colston, says his students are now going to get more time on some disciplines in hopes of raising that number.
“We’ve moved Algebra I to a freshman level course,” Colston says. “It was sophomore level so by introducing it earlier students will have more time to work on it, more time to remediate and eventually be more successful on the test.”.
The state says at least 65 percent of students should pass their math tests. Colston says New Tech has hired an additional new math teacher to assist with that goal.