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September 18, 2013

ISTEP scores are settled

Local school districts finally get test numbers, with mixed results

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As in past years, New Albany-Floyd County school led the way in the percentage of students passing the individual parts of ISTEP+, as well as passing both.

“Our internal indicators said we were going to have a great year, then everything happened [computer interruption] so we didn’t know what to expect,” said Sally Jensen, director of assessment and student information for NA-FC schools. “We were all thrilled that we were able to maintain a 13-point gain in ELA [English/language arts] and a 20-point gain in math since 2009.”

Jensen said there were 1,345 students who were kicked offline during the English/language arts portion of the test and 1,693 during the math section. However, the state only labeled 15 of the English/language arts tests invalid and nine of the math scores. She said when a student is interrupted like they were during a test, they can become frustrated or affected in other ways.

The high point for NA-FC was in fifth and sixth grade math, where more than 92 percent of students taking that portion of the test passed. Grades three and four shined in English/language arts, with students passing at a rate of more than 86 percent.

More than 75 percent of NA-FC students taking the test passed each portion at every grade level.

“You always want to score higher,” she said. “But with everything that happened we were thrilled with the scores.”

Look for in-depth stories about scores at each school district in upcoming editions of the News and Tribune and at newsandtribune.com

— Matt Koesters, Braden Lammers, Chris Morris and Shea Van Hoy contributed to this report.

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Amy Harpenau is the new director of theater arts at New Albany High School. Harpenau is a 2007 graduate of Floyd Central High School, has appeared on stage at both high schools and worked in theaters since she graduated college.

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