The Indiana Department of Education released the schedule for the new version of the state mandated ISTEP. The new assessment, which will be given March 2nd—13th and April 27th—May 15th, to all students in 3rd—8th grade, is designed to be more rigorous compared to past years. This is due to the more rigorous standards for each grade levels.
The original schedule of the ISTEP test dedicated over 20 hours of testing for our students. Last week, Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz, announced she was recommending the ISTEP Part 1 test be reduced to a little over three hours.
We are awaiting the final outcome of the testing schedule.
Currently, our teachers are using the practice test as a teaching tool with our students. Students are being exposed to the format of the ISTEP test, while being taught how to take the test in March.
Here are ways parents can help children prepare for this rigorous ISTEP Part 1 Test:
Our schools have been preparing our children for this assessment all year. Additional time and resources were provided to work with students in small groups. Students were taught the format and types of questions that will appear on this new test.
We are also working hard to keep the school environment as stress free as possible. Teachers are increasing “brain breaks”, planning spirit activities for testing week, and reminding students to do their best.
We appreciate your help in preparing your child for this testing experience. We know you will encourage your child to do his/her best. Thank you for helping keep the next few weeks calm and stress free.
We are the recipient of several State and National awards:
Merrillville High School is the only diverse high school of its size in Indiana who has been graded an "A" continuously for the last three years.
Our curriculum is rich in its rigor regardless of grade or content area. Balanced Literacy, English/Language Arts, Inquiry Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, ISTEM courses (Science, Math, and Technology), Industrial Technology, Business, Physical Education and Health, World Languages, Honors and Advanced Placement courses, all work together with our rich co and extra curricular activities to provide a well-rounded education to both our collegiate and non-collegiate bound students. Our graduation rate of over 93% and high percentages of students passing the State's Accountability Tests (ISTEP+ and ECA) allow bright futures for our students.
Merrillville’s business and community partnerships provide opportunities for our students to gain real life work internship experiences in local health care facilities, car dealerships, attorney offices, and the like. Each year we celebrate our student interns alongside those that have mentored our students. We are also proud of the large number of awards and scholarships that graduating classes after graduating class receive to the Armed Services and Universities across the country.
We invite you to be part of the Merrillville Community Schools Family and learn even more about The Merrillville Advantage.