As middle-school scores lag, schools seek solutions



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Karen Edwards, a sixth-grade teacher at Greenfield Intermediate School, works with Mallory Pfeiffer and Zach Robinson. ISTEP scores released Monday showed a drop in performance for many middle-school students in Hancock County. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)


HANCOCK COUNTY — Scores countywide on the state’s key standardized test continue to exceed the statewide average, but educators remain as vexed as parents about how to reach a group that generally lagged behind other grades on the exam: middle schoolers.

The Indiana Department of Education on Monday released statewide results on the ISTEP test from the 2013-14 school year. The scores get a lot of attention because they are used in determining everything from a school’s overall performance to teachers’ effectiveness ratings.

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