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3 elementary schools show gains on state test



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Needham elementary art teacher Kevin Scott works with a small group of third grade students Tuesday. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


As teachers at two area elementary schools reviewed their students’ math and English ISTEP scores, they knew they needed to teach a different way.

In 2013, 83 percent of Whiteland Elementary School’s students passed the math section of ISTEP, while 74 percent of Northeast Elementary School’s students passed the English section of the test. So at the start of last school year, the teachers at both schools started changing the way they taught their students.

At Whiteland Elementary, teachers tested students at the start of the school year to gauge their math skills. Clark-Pleasant school officials already had helped them identify 12 of the most important math concepts students needed to master, and teachers spent time each day helping students who were behind catch up, while those who were on track worked ahead to learn those lessons.

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