FWCS Focuses on New School Year as ISTEP+ Released

Record Number: 10928
Displayed from: Aug 01, 2014 , until: Sep 01, 2014

With the 2014-15 school year just two weeks away, Fort Wayne Community Schools is hard at work getting ready for the new year.

The ISTEP+ results released by the state today were received by parents and District officials in June. Since then, principals and other school leaders have been evaluating the results and adding the information to other points of data analyzed by staff to determine the academic needs of each student.

“Any data we gather is for the express purpose of changing instruction for students,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “We don’t plan based on ISTEP+ alone. Our staff members analyze many points of data to determine exactly what each student needs to be successful. In the end, we know what we need to do to make that happen: Quality instruction every day.”

Since May, school leaders have been learning about the new Indiana Academic Standards that will be in place for the 2014-15 school year. Members of the Quality Improvement Teams at each school began training in May and will return this week for additional training. Teachers participated in two days of professional learning at the end of the school year in June to be better prepared to put the new standards into practice.

“We have a plan to make sure students are taught the standards the state expects all children to learn,” Dr. Robinson said. “Our teachers and administrators, with the support of the Board of School Trustees, will be ready on first day of school to educate all students to high standards.”

The Board of School Trustees is committed to ensuring FWCS is the school system of choice in Allen County.

“That commitment requires an expectation of continuous improvement throughout the year, not just when ISTEP+ results come out,” Board President Mark GiaQuinta said. “We know we have the strongest educational team around, and our students are challenged academically each day. We look forward to welcoming students and families back for the 2014-15 school year.”

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.