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Preliminary ISTEP results released

By James Fillmore
Published On: Sep 18 2013 05:40:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 06:35:48 PM CDT

We take a look at how local schools performed.

September 18, 2013 -

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.--We now have preliminary results from I-STEP testing.

The news is good.

Statewide scores are up.

Nearly 74-percent of 3rd through 8th graders passed both sections of the test.

This is the test students took in May.

They had all kinds of problems and delays in taking it but it doesn't seem to have had a huge impact on the results.

In fact, State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says these kids deserve  congratulations for doing so well... despite the testing troubles.

Penn-Harris-Madison had some of the best scores in our area..

More than 90 percent of 8th graders passed both sections of the test.

South Bend Community School Corporation was among the lowest but that district has seen steady improvement over the past few years.

Only 4th and 6th grades had more than 60 percent of students pass both the math and English Language Arts parts of the test.

The assistant superintendent for P-H-M says they are very pleased with the data.

She says their scores are the result of dedication from students, faculty and parents.

P-H-M plans to further evaluate the scores to see where they still need work so that the district continues to improve upon its good scores.

The superintendent of South Bend Community School Corporation says in some cases comparing district to district is not comparing apples to apples.

They do recognize there is room for improvement like reading and writing.

The district is glad to see continued improvement.

Superintendent of South Bend Community School Corporation, Carole Schmidt, says, "I would say to parents, you know, we've got an upward trend so our guarantee to you or our commitment to you is that upward trend will continue."

We said the results are preliminary because we're waiting on the science results of the ISTEP which are expected to be released in October.

Also parents have an opportunity to request re-scores for the Applied Skills part of the test.

The results of re-scores are expected in November.

CLICK HERE for a list of results.