The Monroe County Community School Corporation is preparing for a slew of changes in standardized testing. Administrators briefed the school board on the changes October 14th. The state and federal governments require all school corporations to give students certain tests. But Tammy Miller, the Corporation’s Director of Elementary Education, said one of those tests is going away next year. The test was called I-MAST. Students who would have taken the I-MAST will now the take the same test given to other students. That test is known as the I-STEP.
Board President Keith Klein asked about the reasoning behind the change. Other Board members also expressed concern about the end of the I-MAST. The change is reportedly the result of changing regulations at the federal Department of Education. Superintendent Judy DeMuth said there are major problems with giving students inappropriate tests.
The Board also heard about the most recent A through F grades given to schools throughout the state. Of the 17 elementary and middle schools in MCCSC, Miller said 13 received either As or Bs. Board member Jeanine Butler asked about grades over the years. Fairview Elementary received an F again on these tests, which were actually taken last school year. Fairview has received Fs the past three years, which has led to scrutiny and debate about how the school is run.
Reporting Live for WFHB, I’m Kelly Wherley.