Final FWCS ISTEP Scores Boost District's Overall Results

By Laura Donaldson

Final FWCS ISTEP Scores Boost District's Overall Results

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Community Schools officials announced the final ISTEP results from the last school year. Results for the final two middle schools, Blackhawk and Memorial Park, are in and students did well.

The scores show passing rates "increased" at each grade level and in both Math and English at the middle schools.

In June preliminary scores showed some improvement across the board. Robinson says the final two school’s scores will help boost the district's overall results.

For the first time Memorial Park students who were in seventh grade last year improved their English scores by 10 percent and Math scores by 12 percent in their eighth grade year.

Memorial Park Principal Tim Rayl says the boost in scores can be attributed to "bell work" or material students work on when the bell rings.

“We target that towards the student's deficiencies so when they come into the classroom, as soon as they walk in, they have an assignment to work on,” Rayl said. “The teachers base that assignment on assessments they've given in class that show weaknesses.”

Because of a scoring glitch earlier this year Blackhawk's sixth and seventh grade results and Memorial Park's eighth grade results weren't counted.

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