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ISTEP scores up from last year

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

* Construction projects will not delay the start of school

Teachers, students and parents have less than a month before school begins again.

For Clay Community Schools, the first day back in the classroom for students is Aug. 17, and for teachers it is Aug. 16.

"School will begin on time," Supt. Dan Schroeder told The Brazil Times. "Construction will continue like it did during the 2009-10 school year, and will continue until it is complete."

Schroeder commented that work would continue once school is in session at Clay City, Forest Park, Staunton, Meridian, East Side and Van Buren elementaries. The gymnasiums at Staunton, East Side and Meridian will not be complete until after school begins.

"At this point, we are about three weeks behind schedule," Schroeder told The Brazil Times. "We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. The finished product will be worth the inconveniences."

Though the students are not in the classrooms, members of the administration are working tirelessly during the summer months to prepare for classes starting in the fall. One of the pieces of data the administration reviews is the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress-Plus), and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently released the scores for the state.

In 2010, Clay Community Schools had a 69.95 percentage of passing both the English/language arts and math sections and the 2010 state percentage of students passing both was 66.98.

"Clay Community Schools made a 4-percent gain overall from last year in the total number of students passing both language arts and math," Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker said. "(CCS) remains above the state average in overall math scores across the district and although we made a 4-percent gain in language arts, (CCS) is still 1.36 percent below state average."

According to the IDOE, the 2010 percentage of students passing the English/language arts portion of the ISTEP+ was 72.64 percent, up from 68.57 percent in 2009. For the math portion, CCS received a 77.33 percent passing in 2010 compared to 73.12 percent in 2009.

However, improvement is the goal for all of CCSC and Tucker was most impressed with the scores of students based on grade level.

"Across the district, third-grade was above the state average in language arts and math," she said. "Including a 10 percentage point gain in math from last year and a three percentage point gain in language arts."

According to Tucker, seventh-grade students in the corporation were also above the state average in language arts and only slightly lower in math.

"There was a 12 percentage point gain in language arts from last year and a seven percentage point gain in math," she said. "Overall third-, fourth-and fifth-grades are above the state level performance in math and are showing better than target growth rate performance across the district in language arts."

Tucker also commented on the impressive improvement in the ISTEP+ scores for one particular elementary.

"Meridian Elementary showed the most dramatic improvement from last year with a 20 percentage point gain in overall language arts pass rate and a 16 percentage point gain in math pass rate," she said. "This totaled a 25 percentage point gain in overall percentage of students passing both language arts and math."

Another elementary made great strides as well.

"Staunton Elementary made the most notable gains in terms of growth model performance with a seven percentage point gain in language from 81.63 percent to 88.15 percent, a 6 percentage point gain in math from 89.12 to 95.56 percent" Tucker said. "This is an overall eight percentage point gain in language arts and math combined for a pass rate from 78.91 percent to 86.67 percent."

Staunton has the highest percentage pass rate in the corporation with Jackson Township and Meridian tied for second.

"We are pleased with the overall progress of the ISTEP scores continue to show," Schroeder said. "We are especially pleased with the improvement from year to year."

ISTEP+ results by school

The 2010 ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress-Plus) results, by passing percentage for schools within the Clay Community School Corporation:

SchoolPassing English/language artsPassing MathPassing both Test Takers
Clay City Elem.74.19 percent81.57 percent70.97 percent217
East Side Elem.64.89 percent72.52 percent58.78 percent131
Forest Park Elem.80.87 percent84.35 percent73.91 percent115
Jackson Township Elem.81.58 percent88.82 percent78.29 percent152
Meridian Elem.79.84 percent91.47 percent78.29 percent129
Staunton Elem.88.15 percent95.56 percent86.67 percent135
Van Buren Elem.67.80 percent82.20 percent62.71 percent118
Clay City Jr/Sr. HS64.86 percent66.22 percent56.08 percent148
North Clay MS69.23 percent70.28 percent59.56 percent858
Indiana74 percent76 percent66.98 percent

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Will students start in their home schools or will students need to bused to other schools until constuction is completed?

-- Posted by 5longyears on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 5:46 PM

Good question 5longyears! I have heard it said that students from East Side will be shipped to Jackson Township and Van Buren until classroom construction (except for the gyms) is complete. How the classrooms will be ready for students is beyond me. Seriousy, we're talking students will be starting in approximately two weeks, let alone the teachers who have their belongings and supplies boxed and stored who knows where!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 5:47 PM

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