Jasper School Board Discusses ISTEP Results

Results from this past spring’s ISTEP exam continue to be a point of discussion among local school districts.

The Greater Jasper Consolidated School board recieved a report last night on the district’s ISTEP results and grade comparision for the corporation’s individual schools for this year.

Greater Jasper Curriculum Director Kim Strobel told the board the district’s overall results indicated 84.4 percent of students who took the test passed the english and language arts portion, 87.9 percent were successful in math and 79.7 percent passed both which is about a 1 percent gain in both ELA and math. Strobel also reported 79.3 percent of students passed in Social Studies which is given to students in grades 5 and 7. She noted that science percentages have yet to be calculated.

The corporation finished above the state average in english and language art, math and socials studies.

Strobel reported that district results by grade level showed performance above the state level in all tested areas with the exception of grade 3 in ELA and math, grade 4 in ELA and overall ELA and math at 10th Street School.

Strobel says the high numbers reflect the work and dedication of the district’s teachers and their willingness to adapt to particular student needs:

However, Strobel did note that math gains at 10th Street were 9 percent for 5th graders from when they took the test as 3rd graders two years ago and 12 percent for current 6th graders when they took the test as 4th graders two years ago.

Strobel also pointed out that students at Ireland Elementary School had a more than 90 percent pass rate in all subjects tested except for 3rd grade math, which came up just short at 89 percent. Jasper Middle School’s 6th grade math scores also surpassed the 90 percent pass rate mark.