There has been a great deal of information in the media over the past few months regarding the delay in receiving the 2014-2015 ISTEP test results. Schools across the state experienced scores much lower than in previous years due to the change in the test itself and glitches in scoring the test. As a result, legislation was proposed and signed into law by Governor Pence which holds schools and teachers harmless for the lower performances experienced across the state. Prior to the legislation, EACS was already utilizing the data from the 2014-15 ISTEP test results, in addition to multiple other assessment data we use, to track our students’ academic achievement. Although there was a delay in receiving our ISTEP test results, it did not hinder our instructional efforts here at EACS. We continued to look at our internal data to identify trends and areas in need of academic improvement for each individual student, all the while developing focused interventions and/or additional curriculum supports for those identified needs for each individual student. Each student’s academic success is a top priority.
Please remember that that our “Walk Through Wednesdays” for prospective students are being held every Wednesday in February from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at all of our schools. This is an opportunity for you to learn about a specific school, talk with the principal, get a tour, and ask questions. No appointment is necessary. ‘Walk Through Wednesdays’ are another way to provide you with information so that you can make an informed decision regarding your child’s education at East Allen County Schools.
This is the time of year our winter teams begin to wrap up their regular seasons and gear up for tournament time. Whether it be athletics, fine arts, or academics, there are a myriad of activities in which our students choose to participate. They work very hard after school on their extra-curricular activities, and we welcome your support at their performances and contests. I encourage you to attend these events and support our students whenever you are able!
I also want to remind you of a few upcoming dates:
- February 9 is a system-wide In-Service Day for all EACS teachers and some staff. There is no school for students on February 9th.
- February 15th (Presidents Day) is a makeup day for the school day we missed on January 12th due to ice and snow. Students will attend school on February 15th.
Dream It! Do It!
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks, Superintendent of Schools