ISTEP

Important Information

Letter From Dr. Flora

Franklin Township Community School Corporation



Dr. Flora J. Reichanadter, Superintendent Board of Education:

Dawn A. Downer

Carlos O. Garner

Scott Sullivan

C. Scott Veerkamp

Larry J. Walker


November 12, 2015


Dear Parents,


First of all, I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Franklin Township Community School Corporation. We are fortunate that our staff and families have high expectations of our students. There are many remarkable things going on in each of our schools.

On Monday, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) allowed parent access to their child’s 2015 ISTEP+ preliminary scores. Parents of students in grades 4-8 may see this score is lower than the 2014 score or may be lower than they expected. Third grade parents will have a baseline score to be used to determine growth through middle school and in tenth grade. These scores are not yet final, and we have been informed by the IDOE to expect lower scores this year.

The 2015 ISTEP+ test CANNOT be compared to the 2014 test because the two tests are entirely different from each other. The 2015 test included more challenging College and Career Readiness Standards in order to compete with students nationally and internationally. Additionally, the 2015 test came with many new challenges. These include the fact that our students at the last minute had to switch from an online version to the paper/pencil version due to computer problems from CTB McGraw Hill. Our schools were given two different forms of the test and there was a change in the structure of the question not to mention the length of the test increased significantly proving to be exhausting for the students.

We encourage parents to review the letter received from IDOE regarding accessing your child’s test scores. Parents may request the test be rescored. Fifth graders did not take the Social Studies test. That portion will be marked “undetermined”. As always, we encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

The Indiana Department of Education and Governor Pence acknowledge that this is a transitional year and that schools should not be penalized for the anticipated results. In Franklin Township, we will use this information to guide curriculum and instruction decisions. Your child’s success in school is a priority no matter the measure.

In Franklin Township we maintain a culture of continuous improvement. We take pride in our extraordinary staff and educational experiences. We are committed to each child’s education, development and success. It is our promise to your children.

Sincerely,


Dr. Flora J. Reichanadter, Superintendent