January 25, 2008

Catholic Schools Week Supplement

Students continue to improve their ISTEP score

Franciscan Sister Shirley Gerth, third from left, parish life coordinator of St. Anne Parish in New Castle and St. Rose Parish in Knightstown, accepts a check for $16,488 for the St. Anne Building Fund on Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, from St. Anne parishioner Doris Addington-Brooks of New Castle, left, and St. Michael parishioners Connie Smith, second from left, and Lori Mayfield, right, of Greenfield. St. Michael Parish gave half of the proceeds from their annual fundraiser on Nov. 3 to help rebuild St. Anne Church, which was destroyed last year in an arson fire on Holy Saturday, April 7. (Submitted photo)

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Special to The Criterion

In September 2007, 13,064 third- through 10th-grade students from 71 Catholic schools in the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis took the Indiana Statewide Test of Educational Progress (ISTEP+).

For the last seven years, students have shown and been able to maintain growth in their language arts/English and mathematics proficiency on the Indiana academic standards compared to the state of Indiana.

The average of archdiocesan students at each grade level passing both the language arts/English and mathematics is above both the non-public and Indiana state averages.

The archdiocesan percentages range from 87 percent at third grade to 92 percent at 10th grade. The trend this year continues past student performance. Simply stated, the longer a student is in archdiocesan schools the greater the growth in student proficiency. †

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