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_ October 28, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I II I Reality_ Store Eighth graders get hands-on experience paying bills, budgeting Smith, an eighth grader at Good Shepherd School, Evansville, learns how much :eY will be taken from his monthly salary during his visit to the tax booth at the He-  tY Stre. He is helped by Father John Breidenbach, pastor at Corpus Christi Church, vansville, and Steve Smith.  -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes 00IPAss: New testing program :]SCheduled to begt next year 20000SPhornores ust Pass .:!L00atew00 ay, Test " dlPlorna Ry Mle y ANN HUGHES ; SSage staff writer 1995-96 school test is sched- replaced with a new Sessment system Indiana Perfor- for Student IPASS tests will in all Catholic la the Diocese of according to Donna diocesan coordina- Port services for new testing for- will be re- a Gateway test, pass in order high school ;he IPASS tests be given next is no funding the Indiana for the pro- Complica- .test is still in the piloted at se- the state. st, which has schools for Years, is adminis- students in six, eighth of was de- Students, es- arts students above a cer- on the ISTEP red to attend summer remediation classes. The new IPASS test, which will be given to grades three, four, eight, ten and twelve, will contain only one-third multiple choice questions. The other two-thirds will be more open- ended questions, requiring short answers and essay-type answers. These questions are designed to reflect critical thinking, which means taking knowledge and applying it. The IPASS test will be admin- istered each October to deter- mine what essential skills in English/language arts and math the students have acquired dur- ing their previous year in school. That means that third graders will take the test to see if they have garnered essential skills from second grade: These proficiency levels have already been set by the state for each grade level, and indi- cate what proficiency students need to acquire at certain grade levels. Since the tests will take longer to grade, because they cannot be scored on a computer, the scores will not be back in the schools until January. At that time, re- mediation for students who do not do well will be determined by each district. Jerry McCanna, an evaluation consultant with CTB MacMil- lan/McGraw Hill Indianapolis, was in Evansville recently to spell out the differences between the two testing systems. He noted that there are still some unanswered questions about IPASS, partly unanswer- able because the Indiana Leg- islature has ye t to pass fund- ing for the assessment system. Also, at this point in time, there is no absolute formula that school systems must fol- low to remediate students who do not do well on the !PASS test. It appears that each school corporation will have the responsibility of determin- ing how to remediate its own students. Students planning to gradu- ate in 1998 will be the first group affected by the Gateway test. Although the standards have not yet been set for the test, McCanna believes "stan- dards will be set high, to cause students and schools to show a mastery of skills." Halverson concurs with Mc- Canna, noting the Gateway test is a "response to business and industry who have said that the high schools in the state of Indi- ana are graduating people who cannot read and write." She added, "Our high school students have always scored well on the ISTEP, so I expect the same success with the Gateway test." There has been no determi- nation yet as to how often stu- dents can retake the Gateway test. During his presentation, McCanna was questioned about the prospect of a higher drop-out rate at the high school level if students do not pass the Gateway test. He ad- mitted that in other states where this type of test is ad- ministered that the dropout rate, particularly in large urban areas, has gone up. A certificate of attendance is offered some places to students who do not pass the Gateway test, however McCanna is hot sure what will be done in the state of Indiana. ttt t Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 r By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Taxes. Insurance. Mortgage payments. Medical bills. Child care. Groceries. After the bills are paid, is there any money left over for fun? Maybe. Maybe not. Last Thursday, over 340 stu- dents from Catholic schools in the Evansville area worked their way through a Reality Store at the Catholic Center, and learned adult lessons about where a paycheck goes after it is earned. Before they arrived, each student was assigned an occu- pation, a monthly income, and a family, with up to three chil- dren. When they entered the Real- ity Store, their first stop was at the tax booth, where volun- teers told them how much money would be taken from their paycheck each month. Father John Breidenbach who was manning the tax booth said many students were very surprised at the high tax rate, which was based on ac- tual IRS figures. The students were then di- rected to the bank, where they set up checking accounts, and, if they chose, savings accounts. From there, they visited booths for real estate, cars, insurance, food, child care and utilities. At each booth, volunteers showed the students how much items would cost, and suggested what they could afford to pur- chase based on their incomes. At the day care booth, volun- teer Susan Mortensen in- formed a student that with three children in day care he really couldn't afford a Thun- derbird, and perhaps he should be looking at mini-vans. As volunteer Linda Becker talked with a student who was living in subsidized housing, she explained the cost of doing laundry. Shocked by her mounting monthly expenses, the student replied, "Just figure my wash. I'll hang my stuff out to dry." Getting a dose of financial reality is the idea behind the Reality Store, according to Susan Huck, with the Raintree Girls Scout Council. Huck said she hoped students would dis- cover the link between earning a good salary from a good job and living a comfortable lifestyle. Then, "hopefully, they will stay in school and get their, education." But even more than that, she hopes the students will "gain an appreciation for their fami- lies and what their families are doing for them." Huck said one student, after going through the Reality Store, said, "Now, I know why I don't always get what I ask for." The Oct. 20 Reality Store was attended by students from St. James School, St. James; Holy Redeemer, Good Shep- herd, St. Theresa, Holy Rosary, Christ the King, Holy Spirit, Corpus Christi, Resurrection, St. Benedict, Westside Catholic Consolidated schools, all in Evansville, and St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County. Sixty-five volunteers staffed the store which was coordi- nated by the Raintree Girl Scout Council, with financial assistance from the Whirlpool Foundation. 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