ISTEP rescore requires action after more students fail
HANCOCK COUNTY — Parents whose children are on the pass-fail bubble for last spring’s ISTEP exam could boost their students’ scores, but they have to act fast.
Parents of students in Grades 4 to 9 who took the test while in Grades 3 to 8 last spring have until midnight Friday to request a rescore for their child’s test, which could bump them past the threshold for passing the high-stakes exam.
Parents on Monday should have received an email or letter from their child’s school district about how to access ISTEP scores online. The website, indiana.ctb.com, requires parents to make a username and password to log on. Once logged on, parents should check results for the written portion of the exam, which featured open-ended responses that could receive different scores depending on which grader evaluated the questions.
Teens charged in attempted robbery of prescription drugs
GREENFIELD — Three Indianapolis teenagers accused of trying to steal prescription drugs from the CVS Pharmacy in Greenfield recently have been charged as adults, and the main suspect — who police say assaulted a store clerk during the incident — was taken into custody this week.
DeAndre Dixon, 17, of Indianapolis, was arrested this week and remained in the Hancock County Jail on a $30,000 cash bond at press time Thursday. He faces charges of attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both Level 3 felonies, according to court records.
Investigators are seeking Rahman Glasco, 19, and Rakim Coleman, 17. Both are Indianapolis natives and face the same charges as Dixon, court records state. An additional passenger in the car was younger than 16 at time of crime and faces juvenile charges.
Report: Baby suffered brain injury in death ruled homicide
GREENFIELD — The father of a 3-month-old who died after suffering a brain injury last week had a temper he fought to control, the child’s mother told investigators.
Prosecutors filed felony charges Thursday against Charles Jenkins, 21, after his son, Brayden Lee Jenkins, died at an Indianapolis hospital over the weekend. Brayden’s death was ruled a homicide, according to court documents.
The child suffered blunt-force trauma to the head, an autopsy found. Brayden had a severe brain injury and torn ligaments in his upper spine, according to court records.
Investigators said they believe Jenkins caused the injuries that led to Brayden’s death and had allowed his son to live in unsanitary and unsafe conditions before he died.
Jenkins is charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor: one Level 1 felony count of aggravated battery, one Level 1 felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, one Level 6 felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in endangerment and one Class B misdemeanor of possession of marijuana.