Local Teachers Help Students Prepare for ISTEPs

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 03/10 2014 08:40AM

Updated 03/10 2014 10:52AM

With all of the snow and freezing temperatures, this winter has definitely caused problems for local schools as they have had to add hours to the school days and additional days to the school year to make up missed time.

For many schools, Fort Wayne Community included, ISTEP testing begins and WFFT's Brooke Welch talked with administrators and teachers to see if  they think students are prepared.

Getting a good night's sleep and having a full breakfast on test day are good ways to be mentally focused but with all of the missed school, do teachers feel like students have had time to learn the material?

"Without that extra time, and still the same amount of standards, it just kind of puts a crunch."

Since students missed so much school in January, Croninger School Principal Carrie Kennedy gave kids an extra incentive to make it to school in February.  An "Atten-Dance".  A 20 minutes dance on Friday for students that had perfect attendance last month.

"Because these are really important days, not that all of them are not important but you know, we're certainly making sure that we're getting our last minute everything covered."

It worked.  3rd grader Dami Adesun says the party is one of the reasons he didn't stay home from school last month.

"Well, it's been hard because I've been sick sometimes, but it's okay."

4th Grade Teacher Tracy McKinnon says she's never seen a winter like this one, but thinks her students are prepared.

"Making that most of every minute.  We've been teaching, reviewing, enriching, and all those state standards.  So yeah, I think we're ready to go."

Principal Kennedy explains why doing well on ISTEP is so important.

"Scoring well is a big deal.  That's how the state ranks us.  That's what the public sees.  They're judging us based on a letter grade, and it's really that one test that factors a lot into it."

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