TSC teachers using extra time to prepare for ISTEP

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Teachers are using an extra week to prepare students for ISTEP testing after the window was pushed back by the state.

Battle Ground Elementary third grade teacher Lauren Mills is making the most of the extra time.

“With our missed days and delays sure schedules have changed a little bit and I know we might feel behind in one area or the other, math or reading, but overall we’ve been able to get back in a routine pretty quickly,” Mills said.

“It’s always stressful as a teacher when you’re planning your lessons or trying to get everything ready and the weather gets in the way,” TSC instructional coach Rebecca Kaverman said. “I think teachers are always looking to see how they’re moving along in their lessons, what gaps they see for students and that they are continuing to provide the best instruction that they can.”

Title I lead teacher Amy Sturgeon said instructors are using these last few days to go over key elements students will be tested on.

“We are taking every moment we can, every day to make sure we are implementing sound instructional strategies so that the kids when they do take their tests will be able to do their very best,” Sturgeon said.

Mills said because they focus on preparing for ISTEP testing all year her classroom is ready for next week.

“I really feel confident that we’ve touched on all of our standards up to this point,” Mills said. “We just hope now that we’ve gotten through this instruction that they are going to do the best they can and that’s how we work through it all year.”

ISTEP testing will begin at Battle Ground Elementary March 10th.

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