One of the main topics of the meeting was the 2012 CCS Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+) results. Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle presented the results and noted from the beginning that, "good things are happening."
The ISTEP+ results show from 2011 to 2012, there was a district-wide increase in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores. In 2011, the percent of students passing the ELA portion was 76.2 percent. That number rose to 80.5 percent in 2012, a 4.3 percent overall increase in ELA scores.
In 2011, the percent of students passing the math portion was 79.9 percent, and in 2012 it rose to 80.8 percent, a .9 percent increase.
"We do have improvements," Rayle said. "We have an increase in pass rates, overall."
Rayle's presentation focused not only on district-wide increases in ELA and math, but also on improvements in individual schools.
The individual school pass rates for 2012 varied, from a 66.23 percent pass rate at North Clay Middle School, to an 87.5 percent pass rate at Staunton Elementary School.
The overall district-wide pass rate was 73.2 percent. Pass rates increased at all but one school, Staunton Elementary, where there was a 0.82 percent decrease in pass rates.
Overall improvements were also shown for those students receiving free/reduced lunch or special services, though Rayle did note, "We see improvement but we know we have work to do."
Rayle also noted generally female students did better on the ELA portion, while male students did better on the math portion.
Statewide ISTEP+ scores have increased in the last year as well. The ELA statewide pass rate rose from 78 percent in 2011 to 79 percent in 2012. Similarly, the statewide pass rate for math rose from 79 percent in 2011 to 81 percent in 2012.
Rayle's presentation on the ISTEP+ results can be found at the CCS website by following the links to the Asst. Superintendent's page and Board documents.