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Families help high ISTEP scores

Families help high ISTEP scores

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KOUTS | Family involvement and support were cited as important factors in East Porter County School Corporation’s strong 2011 ISTEP+ results.

East Porter’s scores on the annual standardized achievement testing ranked sixth among 292 school corporations in the state, Superintendent Rod Gardin told the board at its monthly meeting last week. The results also placed East Porter first in northern Indiana, Gardin said.

The scores on testing in third through eighth grades were up for the sixth consecutive year, Gardin said. Results of testing administered in the spring included 100 percent passing rates on the math portion of the test at Morgan Township Elementary School’s fourth- and fifth-grade levels.

Board member Jill Bibler said when education is valued at home, that attitude translates to achievement. The board, Bibler said, was “grateful for caring families.”

In addition to support at home for academics, Gardin said the interconnectedness of families in small communities also contributed to success at school. Gardin said some people have asked why the small district maintains three high schools at Washington Township, Morgan Township and Kouts.

“It works pretty well for us,” Gardin said, pointing to the ISTEP+ outcomes. A Lakeshore Public Television interview of Gardin about the ISTEP+ results conducted earlier this month will soon be posted on the district website at


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