Missed days may mean kids won’t be ready for ISTEP testing

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – School’s closed yet again for lots of school districts in our area, including Fort Wayne Community Schools.  Some parents are becoming frustrated, and teachers are worried students won’t be ready for ISTEP testing.

Tuesday will be day number nine that school has been canceled for FWCS students.  As tension rises, officials want parents to know they’re making the best decisions for their kids.

“I think that people just need to take a deep breath and understand that when you have 31,000 students you are responsible for it’s a little hard to keep everyone happy,” Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson said.

Subzero temperatures have forced some school officials in the area to make the decision to close for the day.  Their main concern: keeping students safe.

“When we know we can’t, we close.”

School board members talked about the closings at Monday night’s meeting.  Overall, it seems most are ready to get back to their routine.

“Teachers want to come to school. Administrators want to go to school because we have so much to do.”

And getting out of that routine is something that’s concerning to teachers and the state department of education when it comes to ISTEP testing.  Something they should be preparing students for now.

“When you have this many prolonged days out of school, kids have lost the routine. So, I think the state is well aware of that. Not only do we have ISTEP, but we have IREAD. We have some other state mandates, and they’re in the same situation that we are.”

FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson said this year has been far from normal.

“By any measure, this is extreme. I’ve been here most of my life and I can’t remember a time other than the blizzards that we’ve had this much prolonged time out of school.”

State officials aren’t sure if they’ll push back ISTEP testing yet, but it’s something they are considering.  Of course once we hear something, we’ll update you with the information.

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