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Crawford step above state on ISTEP+

July 25, 2012
Students across the state broke records again this year, with their scores on the Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress Plus (ISTEP+) hitting all-time highs on all portions of the test.

According to the Indiana Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett, 71 percent of students passed both the English/language arts and math portions of the test.

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That's a 1-percent gain over the 2010-11 school year and an 8-percent gain from the 2008-09 year.

"Hoosiers from all walks of life should greet this news with a standing ovation," Bennett said. "More students are getting a world-class education in our schools. Thanks to the efforts of Indiana's great teachers, we're successfully educating a new generation of leaders and innovators who will build a more prosperous future for our state."

For the first time, there were more than 80 percent of students who demonstrated proficiency on at least one of the four subjects tested, and the percentage of overall students who passed the math portion of the test rose to 81 percent, a 2-percent increase from the previous year and 9 percent since the 2008-09 school year.

ISTEP+ is given each spring to students in grades 3 through 8, and its goal is to measure how well students perform and comprehend the skills and content outlined in the Indiana Academic Standards.

So, how do Crawford County students stack up against the competition?

Corporation-wide, students' English/language arts scores topped out with 81.8 percent of students passing, 2.8 percent above the state average. In math, 91 percent of students earned a passing grade, 10 percent above the state average.

Crawford County Community School Corp. Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said he is happy with the overall percentages of students passing, but he acknowledges that there are areas on which to improve.

One such area is the eighth-grade English/language arts, where students scored 10.4 percent below their peers from throughout the state.

"Other than the one grade level, I'm very pleased," Eastridge said. "We still have some work to be done, especially in our language arts."

He said administrators and instructors at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School are working to identify and fix the issues students are having in the subject.

Overall, however, Eastridge said students scored well and he is positive they will continue to make gains.

"The superintendent of public instruction says the goal for the state is 90 percent passing," he said. "In math, well, we did it. That's not to say we don't have anymore work to do in math; we do.

"Our goal always needs to be higher than someone else's goal. There needs to be no harsher critic than ourselves, and we need to push ourselves."

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