After grade drop, school puts pencil to pape

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A Greenwood elementary school disagrees with its state grade — the lowest in the county — but is still working to give extra help to students.

For the past two years, just under two-thirds of students at Northeast Elementary School have consistently passed ISTEP exams in both math and English, but that rate hasn’t risen. Under the Indiana Department of Education’s grading system, a school with ISTEP scores that aren’t improving receives a lower grade. This year, the 400-student elementary school saw its grade drop from a C to a D.

School officials disagree with the lower grade, since more than 60 percent of the 200 students who took ISTEP last spring were kicked offline during the multiple choice portion of the exam.

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