Statewide ISTEP scores see small gains, Vigo County sees large gain

VIGO COUNTY, Ind.  (WTHI) — ISTEP test results came down Monday morning for the entire state of Indiana.

Hoosier kids improved by one percent from last year.

But in Vigo County, the corporation improved or maintained scores in 11 out of 16 tested area.

“The performance this year is about 7 percent higher than last year. And that’s building on a 6 percent increase from the year before,” said Dr. Karen Goeller, deputy superintendent of Vigo County School Corporation.

Vigo County is a part of the Indiana Urban Schools Association.

“What we do is benchmark our progress in language arts and math with the other urban districts that have similar population,” said Dr. Goeller.

The school corporation had the highest ranking in language arts compared to those other districts.

But these significant improvements don’t happen over night.

Vigo County schools have summer math programs, community groups that help, and teachers dedicated to keeping reading and writing a priority.

“We have many, many supports for early literacy which is so important in Vigo County because we do have a large population of students that may not have as many advantages as their counterparts across the state,” said Dr. Goeller.

And while the tests are changing drastically in spring of 2015, officials still think the kids will be prepared.

“We now have a new blueprint, which is kind of a master list of what those standards are, and our teachers have learned what that blueprint will be so we’ll be working this year to make sure those students are prepared,” said Dr. Goeller.

Next spring, students will take the new ISTEP tests.

These are based on college and career ready standards.

Statewide, 80.7 percent of students passed English, compared to 79.5 percent in 2013. In math, statewide scores increased from 83 percent in 2013 to 83.5 percent this year.

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