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September 25, 2013 | 08:36 AM

For the most part, students attending Harrison County public schools fared well on ISTEP+ spring testing despite technical glitches that took place.

It's estimated that approximately 80,000 students in grades 3 through 8 (about 16 percent) across the state had at least one part of the computerized test interrupted when server troubles by contractor CTB and McGraw-Hill kicked them offline. Despite the problems, the Indiana Dept. of Education says 79.5 percent of students passed the English-language arts (ELA) section, with 82.7 percent passing the math portion of the test.

North Harrison Elementary excelled among its county counterparts. Seventy-six (93.8 percent) of third-graders passed ELA, 75 (91.5) passed math and 87.7 percent passed both; 81 (93.1) fourth-graders passed ELA, 86 (98.9) passed math and 92.9 percent of the class passed both; and 52 (92.9) students in fifth-grade passed ELA, 52 (94.5) passed math and 90.9 percent passed both.

Morgan Elementary also ranked high among county schools: 89 (98.9 percent) of third-graders passed ELA, 87 (96.7) passed math and 95.6 passed both; 80 (87.0) fourth-graders passed ELA, 86 (93.5) passed math and 84.8 percent passed both; and 60 (84.5) fifth-graders passed ELA, 67 (94.4) passed math and 83.1 percent passed both.

North Harrison Middle School didn't quite match the numbers of NHES or MES but still surpassed the state mark. A total of 153 (84.5 percent) sixth-graders passed ELA, 168 (92.3) passed math and 82.1 percent passed both; 148 (84.6) seventh-graders passed ELA, 161 (92.5) passed math and 82.2 percent passed both; and, in eighth-grade, 136 (91.3) passed ELA, 127 (84.7) passed math and 80.1 percent passed both.

Lanesville Elementary also exceeded the state mark as a whole. Forty (88.9 percent) third-graders passed ELA, 41 (91.1) passed math and 86.7 percent passed both. In fourth-grade, there were 41 (89.1) students who passed ELA and math, with 84.8 percent passing both. In fifth-grade, 47 (82.5) passed ELA, 53 (93.0) passed math and 80.7 percent passed both. Rounding out LES was the sixth-grade, which had 38 (92.7) who passed ELA, 40 (97.6) who passed math and 90.2 percent who passed both tests.

At Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, 36 (75 percent) seventh-grade students passed ELA, 38 (79.2) passed math and 72.9 passed both, with 52 (94.5) of eighth-graders passing ELA, 49 (89.1) passing math and 89.1 percent passing both.

Only third-grade students were required to take the test at Corydon Elementary School, with 114 (88.4 percent) passing ELA and 104 (80.6) passing math. It was reported that 77.5 percent of third-graders passed both sides of ISTEP.

Corydon Intermediate School had respectable numbers at all three grade levels. A total of 114 (89.1 percent) fourth-graders passed ELA, 109 (85.2) passed math and 82 percent passed both; 105 (77.2) fifth-graders passed ELA, 110 (80.3) passed math and 72.1 percent passed both; and 115 (87.8) sixth-graders passed ELA, with 124 (93.9) passing math and 87 percent passing both.

Corydon Central Junior High had 129 (73.7 percent) and 143 (81.7) seventh-graders pass ELA and math, respectfully, with 132 (70.2) and 139 (73.9) eighth-graders passing. Totaled, 70.3 percent of seventh-graders passed both, with 61.7 percent of eighth-graders passing both.

New Middletown Elementary had all 19 of its third-grade students pass both ELA and math, with 14 (82.4 percent) fourth-graders passing ELA and math and 70.6 percent passing both, 17 (94.4) fifth-graders passed both, and 13 (65.0) sixth-graders passed ELA and 16 (80.0) passed math, with 65 percent passing both.

The two lowest grades at Heth-Washington Elementary recorded the lowest scores in the district: 16 third-grade students passed ELA, 16 passed math, but 56 percent passed both. In fourth-grade, 11 students passed ELA, 10 students (55.6) passed math and 50 percent passed both. In fifth-grade, the numbers improved, with 24 passing ELA and math and 92.3 percent passing both. The numbers in sixth-grade trailed off just a touch, with 15 students (65.2) passing ELA, 18 passing math and 65.2 percent passing both.

South Central Elementary nearly matched or exceeded state numbers. In third-grade, 43 (89.6 percent) passed ELA, 39 (81.3) passed math and 77.1 percent passed both. In fourth-grade, 43 (81.1) passed ELA, 47 (88.7) passed math and 71.7 percent passed both. Fifty (84.7) fifth-graders passed ELA, with 55 (93.2) passing math and 81.4 percent passing both.

At South Central Junior-Senior High School, sixth- and seventh-graders fared well, with eighth-graders struggling somewhat in ELA.

Thirty (68.2 percent) sixth-graders passed ELA, 38 (86.4) passed math and 63.6 percent passed both; 45 (84.9) seventh-graders passed ELA, 48 (90.6) passed math and 81.1 percent passed both; and in eighth-grade, 31 (56.4) passed ELA, with 44 (78.6) passing math; 52.7 percent passed both.

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    October 01, 2013 | 03:22 PM

    Much of this data could have been more clearly, and more succinctly, presented if published in a table format.

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