FWCS Posts Gains, Outpaces State in ISTEP Growth - July 12, 2011

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Displayed from: Jul 12, 2011 , until: Sep 30, 2011

PRESS RELEASE July 12, 2011 FWCS Posts gains, outpaces state in ISTEP growth Fort Wayne Community Schools posted gains and outpaced the state in terms of growth in nearly every category and grade level on the 2011 ISTEP+. FWCS saw gains in all four subjects (language arts, math, science and social studies). Growth at each level ranged from 2 to 7 percentage points. The only exception for these gains occurred in eighth-grade language arts where passing rates dropped by just 1 percentage point. "We know this was a challenging year for our students, staff and parents," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "But the hard work and dedication shown by everyone is paying off. This is evident in the scores that we are releasing today. We are not where we want to be yet, but this continues the positive trend we have seen in the past few years. We will continue to live our Moral Purpose of Educating all Students to High Standards by being precise in our work, personalizing the education of each student, while providing a professional learning environment for adults focused on continuous improvement." Students passing both the math and language arts portion of the ISTEP+ increased at 32 of the 42 schools tested and stayed even at three. In the district's eight LEAD schools that took ISTEP+ exams, six saw an increase in the percent of students passing both of the major portions of the exam increase. "We believe strategies we implemented, including making sure our teachers had on-going professional development, placing coaches and interventionists in each of our buildings, and using data to drive decisions, have been key to the success we're seeing. With the deliberate infusion of the Balanced Scorecard and School Improvement Plan process, we are able to focus on continuous improvement." Dr. Robinson said. "We will continue those strategies as well as lessons we have learned through our LEAD Schools process, including making sure principals spends more time in classrooms and are supporting teachers."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.