During a meeting on September 2, the Plymouth School Board reviewed the results of the 2013-2014 school year ISTEP + (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress +) scores for the corporation. Although the scores were down from those achieved during the 2012-2013 school year, all of the scores were above the state averages. In fact, the PCSC has yielded scores above the state average since the 2009-2010 school year.
Last year, there were 76.1 percent of the students who took the test passing both the English/Language Arts (ELA)and Math portions the test. That percentage was down from 79.2 percent the year previous.
Those passing the math portion scored at 85.4 percentages last year, down from 87.6 percent in 2012-2013. The ELA percentages were up slightly going from 84.1 percentage to 82.5 percent.
Reports on each of the seven schools in the corporation will be presented and explained by building principals at the October 7 meeting of the Board.
Assistant Superintendent Dan Funston said the test was different in parts from other years. He added that there will be a new test in 2014-2015 school year and then another new test in the 2015-2016 school year.
The US Board of Education has made it mandatory to have a test that follows college and career course work.
The tests are now given in the spring, rather than in the fall.
He said the Indiana Department of Education has a contract with the testing vender McGraw/Hill CTE for one more year and then their contract could either be renewed or the state could hire a different vender. According to Funston, the name of the vender to monitor the test for the 2015-2016 school year will likely be announced in December of this year.
Even though the tests will be different, teachers in the state will still be subject to a growth score that establishes whether they can receive a raise or not.
Michele Riise, director of quality programs, said that schools will also still get rated on academic growth from the previous year.
Funston also explained that the Plymouth Schools give the test to all of the students in a particular grade at the same time. He indicated that some other school corporations administer the test in small groups.
Carol Anders Correspondent