Fighting back against lost time, teachers hope students are set for tests


Jim Voelz, principal at Doe Creek Middle School, dresses up as ''Super ISTEP Guy,'' something he does every year during a pep rally to fire up the students for high-stakes testing. Students at Doe Creek and throughout Southern Hancock schools will begin taking ISTEP on Monday. (Kristy Deer/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Ready or not, high-stakes testing to measure student achievement is set to take place across the state starting next week.

The testing window opens Monday and lasts through Friday, March 21.  

All third- through eighth-grade students are scheduled to take the applied-skills assessment portion of ISTEP at some point during the three-week period. All third-graders will follow up ISTEP with IREAD-3 testing during the week of March 17-21.

While the Indiana Department of Education has extended the testing window a week because of snow days, not all county students will have an extra week of classes – and extra time to prepare – before the testing.

Southern Hancock students will start testing Monday, with IREAD testing set for March 11-13. Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and Eastern Hancock students won’t start ISTEP until the week of March 10.

Southern Hancock curriculum director Rhonda Peterson said while it would be nice to have an extra week to prepare students, she’s not concerned with the outcome.

“In reality, we should not be cramming the weeks before ISTEP anyway,” Peterson said. “That is an unsuccessful approach. If we have quality instruction, we’ll see good results.”

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