FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - The Community Schools of Frankfort is continuing to look at their results from last year's ISTEP+ test that saw the district among the bottom ten public schools in the state.
"We were disappointed with English and I'm not going to say satisfied with math, but our math held it's own and in some places did very well," said Assistant Superintendent Joel McKinney. "But the English is not what we were hoping for."
Community Schools of Frankfort was among the lowest scores in the state for 2013 ISTEP+ results at 54 percent passing both the Language Arts and Math portions of the tests.
McKinney said only 63 percent passing the Language Arts portion is the most confusing result because of other indicators they had seen throughout last year.
"We saw predictors that showed our students at a higher percentage would pass the Language Arts," McKinney said. "We're still studying that student by student to try to figure out what we need to do differently."
However, McKinney said all the results aren't necessarily bad.
Last year's eighth grade group had 62 percent pass both portions of the test. That's 20 percent more than what passed when the same group was in third grade.
McKinney said last year Suncrest Elementary had a Math coach to assist teachers and they saw the biggest boost in Math results.
"We believe that those kind of supports at the school level, for both teachers and students, is going to continue to help us grow those scores," said McKinney.
McKinney said now the district needs to bring the scores back up and continue on that trend.
He said one way they are trying to do that is expanding the number of eighth grade students who are in Algebra, as all of those students passed last year.
"We don't want to panic, especially with one year of a drop," McKinney said. "We don't want to wait until there's a trend though. So we strategize and make those adjustments. But mostly, we want to look at individual students and see how we can support them. Groups are great, but it's all about the kid."
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