FWCS officials: ISTEP testing should begin next week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Third graders in Fort Wayne Community Schools will begin practicing for ISTEP tests Tuesday.  Officials say they just got word late Monday that their testing window will begin Tuesday and wrap up on the 27th.

We first told you earlier this month the district withdrew from online ISTEP testing after lots of issues.  Their students will be taking paper and pencil tests this go-round.

FWCS leaders say it’s important for parents to know their child won’t be tested every single day until May 27th.  This just gives the district plenty of time to schedule testing for all of it’s students.  School officials say third graders will take a practice ISTEP test Tuesday.  Then Wednesday, sixth graders will take their practice test.  Officials tell NewsChannel 15 they’re working on getting more information to parents on when testing for their student will begin.

FWCS Spokesperson Krista Stockman says most of the ISTEP testing will take place next week.  Leaders say they’re grateful for everyone’s cooperation during this challenging time.

“Our classrooms if you were to walk in there today it would seem like any other day.  A couple of weeks ago teachers had to quickly change gears and move from being prepared for those days of testing to just moving on with what they needed to teach,” FWCS Spokesperson Krista Stockman explained.

Officials want to remind parents it’s important during ISTEP to make sure their child gets a good night’s rest.  Get them to bed early, make sure they have a good breakfast, and most importantly make sure they are going to school.  Officials say they will have testing the Friday before Memorial Day, and so it’s going to be important that kids are in school every day next week.

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