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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 18, 1987 Principals given new ISTEP information By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Principals from all schools in the Diocese of Evansville were given updated information last week about the new Indiana Statewide Testing for Educa-. tion Progress (ISTEP). The tests will be given to all diocesan students in grades one, two, three, six, eight, nine and 11 in March, 1988. "All of the schools in the diocese are accredited by the State of Indiana," according to Father Raymond Kuper, direc- tor of Catholic Education. "In order for us to continue to receive this state accreditation, our students must participate in this testing program. "Therefore, we are required to administer this test just the same as all public schools in the State of Indiana." The ISTEP testing program is "very similar" to achievement tests students have been given in the past, Father Kuper said. "It is basically the California Achievement Test with addi- tional items in language arts and mathematics, a test of cognitive skills and a writing sample." According to ISTEP guidelines, any public elemen- tary school student who takes the ISTEP test and scores below the 16 percentile, will be re- quired to enroll in a summer remediation program or be re- tained at the same grade level in the fall. However, Father Kuper said, there are no provisions at this time to provide summer remediation classes for non- public school students. "There might be some room on a space- available basis," Father Kuper told the principals. "We won't know until April or May if our Catholic school students can participate in the public summer school remedia- tion program because of space. ' ' The state guidelines are sug- gesting that the students receive 80 hours of remediation in a summer program. ISTEP guidelines also call for remedia- tion classes to have a 10-to-one student teacher ratio. At this point, the diocese does not know how many Catholic school students will fall in the lowest 16 percentile. Father Kuper asked the prin- cipals to review their MAT-6 test scores from last year to determine roughly how many students may fall into the lowest 16 percentile. It has been proposed that if there is a large number of students in this category, cer- tain schools throughout the diocese might offer remediation programs during the summer of 1988. No decision was reached about any summer programs in the diocese. A policy was also suggested for students who have not pass- ed the ISTEP test who are transfering into diocesan schools from other schools. Father Kuper recommended schools not accept new students who have failed the ISTEP test unless they are re- tained or remediated. mgilton . Health care issues top ICC priorities By ANN WADELTON Indiana Catholic Conference Health care for pregnant women, children and the elder- ly is among'the political/moral issues which the Catholic Church in Indiana will actively supp6r[diing the coming ses- sion of the Indiana General Assembly. That support will be demonstrated through 'the In-" d!aln i:Cktholic ' C0hf6rerde (ICC), which has represented  the Church at the Statehouse for 17 years. Dr. M. Desmond Ryan is the ICC Executive Director/Lobbyist. ICC priorities were set during a December 4-5 meeting in In- dianapolis when the state's six bishops and about 25 lay men and women -- members of the ICC Advisory Council and Board of Directors -- met to discuss the many political/moral issues facing the state. ICC representatives from the Evansville Diocese include Bishop Francis R. Shea; Dr. A1 Tieken, principal, Holy Cross School Fo Branchi. Jan: Stenh tenagel, English composition teacher, Vincennes University- Jasper Center; and Father John Boeglin, pastor, St. Celestine Church. In addition to health care, priority issues include opposi- tion to legalizing surrogate motherhood, justice in the area of worker's compensation, op- position to the withholding of nutrition and hydration from terminal patients, parental leave for the birth or the serious illness of a child and a media- tion program for financially troubled family farmers. Compassion for AIDS victims and their families was express- ed by the ICC leaders. A state- ment is being prepared on the role of the church in respon- ding to the AIDS crisis, in- cluding proper education from the Catholic tradition. The ICC leaders called In- diana's lack of medical care for Please patronize Message adve00sers! FAMOUS BRANDS FOR LESS. FURNITURE - CARPET - APPLIANCES HOME OUTFITTERS JASPER- LOOGOOTEE-WASHINGTON WE DELIVER ALL OVER SOUTHERN INDIANA the poor a serious moral pro- blem. In many areas of the state, there is no prenatal care for those unable to pay and no health care for poor children. HUNTINGBURG Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS i ' HUNTINGBURG Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME HunUngburg, Ind.