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September 6, 1991 The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 TEP II , Diocesan scores higher than state-wide public scho61 scores By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Students in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville consistently SCored higher than students in public schools throughout the state of Indiana on the 1991 Indiana State Test of Ed- Ucational Progress (ISTEP), aCCording to Phyllis Beshears, director of schools. "The results of Indiana's state testing requirements Continue to show favorable results for schools in our dio- Cese" Beshears said. The test examines reading, language and math skills at the first, SeCond, third, sixth, eighth, ninth and eleventh grade lev- els. "Overall, only 1.5 percent of our students taking ISTEP "Were listed as needing reme- diation. There were no stu- dents at the eighth grade level reCOmmended for remedia- hen. When comparing our students to students across the staie, our students did Very well." In looking at diocesan-wide SCores, Beshears noted the di- ersity, of population of stu- ents. 'Many people believe that we (rely educate those ,e.l/ildren wile seem to, have .the best of all worlds. This Is not the case at all. ()ur slu- dents come from a variety of SOcio-economic back- grounds." cIn national studies of atholic schools lhe perfor- raance of students from lower scio-economic backgrounds iS.very significant, Beshears Said, adding, "Studies contin- ue to show that these stu- dents do better in Catholic schools. "High expectations, strong discipline and individual at- tention are 'givens' in our schools. This can account for high achievement and test scores." Ninety-nine percent of Catholic school students graduate, with 85 percent of those students going on to higher education. "In an envi- ronmcmt with these types of expectations and student mo- tivation, all students can per- form better." Here is a listing of the 1991 ISTEP scores in reading, lan- guage and mathematics for both diocesan schools and public schools throughout the state of Indiana: READING Grade one -- diocesan schools: 66.7, state-wide pub- lic schools: 59.4; Grade two -- diocesan schools: 66.0, state-wide pub- lic schools: 60.3; Grade three -- diocesan schools: 66.9, state-wide pub- lic schools: 61.8; Grade six -- diocesan s(:hools: 66.9, state-wide pub- lic schools: 58.5; Grade eight -- diocesan schools: 68.0, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 58.3; Grade nine -- diocesan schools: 66.9, state-wide pub- lic schools: 57.0; Grade eleven -- diocesan schools: 62.0, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 54.6. LANGUAGE Grade one -- diocesan schools: 68.4, state-wide pub- lic schools: 59.3; I AUTO TOPS , SEAT COVERS , BOAT COVERS " i' STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS I 254-3943 bWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER "Funerai Pre-Planmng Since 194u' Miller & Miller 424-9274 1991 ISTEP Total Battery S(:ores Mean Diocesan vs. Indiana NCE's 8O 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Diocesan Indiana Gr. 1 Gr. 2 Gr. 3 Gr. 6 Gr. 8 Gr, 9 Gr. 11 Grades Tested The Total Battery ISTEP scores for students in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville and students in public schools throughout the state of Indiana are compared, above, using the mean normal curve equivalencies. Diocesan scores are in the first column in black'and state- wide public school scores are in the second column in grey. Information was provided by the diocesan Office of Schools. -- Message graphic by Phil Boger Grade two -- diocesan schools: 68.1, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 62.4; Grade three -- diocesan schools: 70.(I, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 62.9; Grade six -- diocesan schools: 65.3, state-wide pub- lic schools: 57.7; Grade eight -- diocesan schools: 70.8 state-wide pub- lic schools: 58.0; Grade nine -- diocesan so.heels: 69.8, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 57.6; Grade eleven -- diocesan schools: 64.4, state-wide put)- lit: schools: 56.7. MATHEMATICS Grade one  diocesan schools: 68.3, state-wide pub- lic schools: 63.4; Grade two  diocesan schools: 67.4, state-wide pub- lic schools: 63.6; Grade three -- diocesan schools: 70.2, state-wide pub- lic schools: 63.7; Grade six  diocesan schools: 68.4, state-wide pub- German PJnerlcan Bank We Make Friends For Life JASPER, INDIANA I .I#SPE, f IE NIN lit: schools: 60.5; Grade eight -- diocesan schools: 70.5, state-wide pub- lic st:heels: 60.5; Grade nine -- diocesan s(:hools: (38.0, state-wide pub- lic schools: 59.3; Grade eh.wen -- diocesan schools: 65.3, state-wide pub- lic schools: 57.1. TOTAL BATTERY Grade one -- diocesan schools: 69.5, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 61.8; Grade two -- diocesan schools: 68.6, state-wide pub- lit: schools: 63.0; Grade three -- diocesan schools: 7(I.6, state-wide pub- lic schools: 63.7; Grade six -- diocesan schools: 68.1, state-wide pub- lic schools: 59.5; Grade eight -- diocesan schools: 71.3, state-wide pub- lic schools: 59.6; Grade nine -- diocesan schools: 70.0, state-wide pub- lic schools: 59.0; Grade eleven  diocesan i ELECTRIC 24-HOUR Industrial, Commercial and Residential TONY NAZARIO P.O. Box 405 812-768-5207 Haubstadt, IN 47639 IH HWY. 231 SOUTH JASPER, INDIANA 47546 PHONE: 812-482-3800 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" AUTO ' HOME BUSINESS FARM INSURANCE SERVICES SINCE 1913 INSURANCE AGENCY JAMES A. NIEMEIER 464-5903 ...... Mater Dei C!as s of.'69.. i schools: 65.3, state-wide, pub- lit: schools: 56.8. While Beshears note(l she is pleased with the overall scores from Catholic schools in the diocese', she said, "I would like to see the scores improve. Comparing our stu- dents to the average student in the state of Indiana may not be the best kind of com- parison for us. When Indiana is compared to other states, the picture isn't very good. We want to be much better than average. "I would like to focus our atlention on being the [lest. Each class, each student, each school presents a different challenge." She believes that providing the "best education for each of our students is our goal. We must always remember that testing doesn't tell us the whole'story. Many things are taught and learned in school that are never tested. "Test scores keep us fo- cused on comparisons; learn- ing keeps us focused on edu- cation. In the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville, we are very inter- ested in both." r 8 Jill Ann White Administrator Hwy. 57 SO, Washington, IN 8i2.2544516 irle,Village ving Center BLOCK - CRUSH - CUBE WHOLESALE & RETAIL Ph. (812) 425-8191 GEORGE MOLL, Owner