ISTEP+ testing runs smoother

Becky Davis of the Seymour Middle School Sixth Grade Center had one word for testing on Wednesday morning — "Wonderful."

"But it is just 10 o'clock," Davis added. Problems with testing on Tuesday surfaced around 11 a.m. It was around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

That good fortune held up throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

"We've had a very successful testing day," Davis said around 1:30 p.m. "We are quite pleased and we've not had any problems."

Students at the sixth-grade center were testing in just two of the school's three computer labs, cutting back on the number of students taking the test at one time as recommended by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

"We wanted to get finished by Friday, but now we may not," Davis said, citing the cutback as the cause for that probable delay.

Students are putting forth a good effort and showing lots of patience, Davis said. The school's 364 sixth-graders are being tested in math, language arts and science this week.

"They're still really trying," she said. They're putting forth a good effort and are being patient. They're doing well during the testing.

Emerson Elementary School in Seymour also reported no problems with testing Wednesday. Principal Julie Kelly was starting another round of testing with students shortly before 2 p.m.

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