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Eastern Greene Schools See Big Jump In ISTEP+ Scores

Results of the 2013 ISTEP+ test indicate 73.5 percent of students statewide passed the standardized tests, an increase of about 2 percent from 2012.

Student taking a test.

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Eastern Greene was one of the many school corporations around the state that saw increases in test scores.

Computer glitches during the testing window delayed the release of student scores by about three months.

Eastern Green Director of Learning Ted Baechtold says that while the disruptions earlier this year may not have given schools their best results, it was not as big of a disruption as it could have been for the Eastern Greene students.

“They all showed the flexibility and the stick-to-it-tiveness to do their best despite the distractions and despite the technological issues that we had,” he says.

Eastern Greene County saw an increase in score results of almost 10 percent.

Baechtold says that using standards-based assessments has helped teachers provide students with better opportunities to improve.

“And our students have totally bought into the idea that the work that they’re doing is important and that’s made a huge change for us as well,” Baechtold says.

The district has been using curriculum mapping to ensure teachers are emphasizing the skills the state is testing.

Emily Wright

Emily, an Indianapolis native, joined WFIU/WTIU in 2013 as Producer of Noon Edition. She studied Telecommunications and Liberal Arts Management at Indiana University.

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