Schools wrap up first part of ISTEP testing

TIPPECANOE, CO. (WLFI) – The applied skills portion of the ISTEP test is over, and as schools box up and ship out the test, Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle said the weather made it a frustrating experience.

“This year it certainly went a little smoother, but there were still some of this unknown and a little bit of frustration out there because of this lack of prep time, and it was simply due to a pretty tough winter,” said Huddle.

The lack of prep time didn’t keep students from trying their best.

“Our students lost approximately 40 hours of instruction between that time, but our teachers recognized that. I’m sure they did a great job, and our students were very positive and tried their very best,” said Huddle.

Students at Lafayette School Corporation and Tippecanoe School Corporation began the pencil and paper test March 10, but snowfall on the March 12 delayed testing a day. TSC assistant superintendent Christy Fraley said the delay didn’t phase students.

“We had ISTEP that we started at the beginning of the week and then we did have a cancellation day, but again our students are very flexible. They came in, they did great. They were ready to test, and so we went ahead did the testing,” said Fraley.

Despite weather delays and cancellations, schools are optimistic about their performances, so far, and are keeping that same attitude as they prepare for more ISTEP testing next month.

“We think we’re going to perform about as well as we did last year and that was fairly well. We were pleased with our assessments,” said Huddle.

“We hope that we’ve prepared our students the best we can, and hope they show us the standards that they know,” said Fraley.

Next month students will take the online multiple choice portion of ISTEP. Even though last year’s glitches caused problems for both schools, the superintendents are encouraging their students and staff to try their best.

“Try your best and that’s all we really want from you,” said Huddle.

“The flexibility is key with both our students and staff. I think we’re ready. I think it will be fine, and if we do have glitches again, it will be okay. We made it last time. We can do it this time,” said Fraley.

The West Lafayette Community School Corporation is on Spring Break this week, but students in that district completed testing last Friday.

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