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TEST RESULTS: WCCS works to perfect ISTEP+

October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted competitive scores in the recent release of the ISTEP+ results, school officials are still working to make improvements for next year.

WCCS collectively had 78 percent of its students pass the test, but noted some areas where scores were lower than others.

Of the six grade levels tested, five scored above the state average. Last year’s sixth-grade classes’ overall scores were lower than the rest of the district, and WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor said Indian Springs Middle School Principal Janet Boylen is working to determine why the scores were inferior.

“She is working with her staff to do an in-depth analysis of the class,” O’Connor said. “We want to identify the areas of weakness and provide additional remediation if needed.”

O’Connor said the school has offered smaller class sizes for some of the students who needed extra help.

What’s confusing about the sixth grade scores, though, is the percentage of students who scored a pass-plus, or well above the state’s average.

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