As a member of the North Central Indiana School Study Council I would like to share a joint letter from the superintendents that expresses the councils and my opinion with regard to recent events surrounding statewide assessments, student scores, and school letter grades. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding these issues.
A great deal of both conversation and consternation have surrounded the 2015 ISTEP+ test and its anticipated results. With good reason. This test, required by the State of Indiana as an accountability measure for our schools and teachers, appears to have no end of issues. Much as already been said about the delivery, the politics, the delays, etc. The issue that may be generating the greatest concern, however, is the anticipated, inevitable drop in student scores from the previous year. Inevitable, because data proves that anytime there is a change in the content and/or construction of such high stakes tests, scores will drop the first year. They drop because it takes time for the kinks to be worked out of the test. We, the North Central Indiana School Study Council (NCISSC) have some good news for you that rises above the seeming chaos. As a consortium of 24 Indiana public school superintendents representing nine counties and over 60,000 students, we are absolutely certain of two things:
1. There is no cause to panic over the decline in ISTEP+ scores, because
2. Our schools are successful far beyond this singular indicator.
And we intend to show you how.
Because the success of our students is our bottom line, the NCISSC meets monthly to examine and discuss a range of topics from school funding to changing state standards and school accountability. We provide professional development, we research teaching/learning strategies, we reinforce effective leadership practices, and we engage in lively discussion about legislative issues and their impact. In short, we work for the success of our students.
In the coming weeks, through local media and our own communication resources, we will be sharing with our stakeholders the many reasons they have to be proud of the education their students are receiving and the success they are achieving.
Of course you can expect careful analysis of each district's ISTEP+ results as those are delivered, but also anticipate the results of multiple other measures of accountability and success that each district uses to tell the larger story of our students and our schools.
We have every reason to be proud of our schools and you should too. "Pride, not panic" is our message to you.
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Ryan Snoddy, Northwestern School Corporation, along with
Tracy Cadell, Eastern Howard School Corp.
Jeff Hauswald, Kokomo School Corp.
Chris Smith, Taylor Community School Corp.
Christopher Lagoni, Carroll Consolidated School District
Randy McCracken, Western School Corp.
Jeff Studebaker, Clinton Central School Corp.
Chris Sampson, Clinton Prairie School Corp.
Ralph Walker, Delphi Community School Corp.
Cathy Rowe, Frontier School Corp.
Derek Arrowood, Hamilton Heights School Corp.
Less Huddle, Lafayette School Corp.
Michelle Starkey, Logansport School Corp.
Doug Arnold, Maconaquah School Corp.
Dave Bess, Pioneer School Corp.
Jim Hanna, Rossville Consolidated School Corp.
Dave Mundy, Sheridan Community Schools
John Sayers, Southeastern School Corp.
Scott Hanback, Tippecanoe School Corp.
Kevin Emsweller, Tipton Community School Corp.
Tim Garland, Tri-Central Community School Corp.
Kathy Goad, Tri-County School Corp.
Tom Fletcher, Twin Lakes School Corp.
Rocky Killion, West Lafayette Community School Corp.
2015-2016 Online Registration Is Now Open!
Northwestern School Corporation is pleased to announce that Online Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 school year! Online Registration is accessed thru Skyward Family Access. If you need assistance with your Skyward Family Access login information, please contact the main office of your school.
New this year is a new program called eFunds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians to make payments online and is extremely user friendly. Not only will you have the ability to have various school fees and lunch payments electronically withdrawn from you checking account or charged to your credit card, you also have the flexibility to make a payment at anyime either thru Skyward Family Access or thru the link on our district and school's main web page. When signing up for your account your will need to know your student's lunch key pad number as this is the Student Number needed to register for your e~Funds account. You can find this number in Skyward Family Access by selecting the Food Service tab at the left of the screen, If you are unable to locate your student's lunch kep pad number, please contact the main office of your school.
Please ensure that your students are registered before the beginning of school!
Below are some helpful links!
Skyward Family Access
pdf e~Funds for Schools Parent Letter (33 KB)
pdf e~Funds for Schools Quick Guide (259 KB)
pdf e~Funds for Schools Registration Guide (2.50 MB)
2014-2015 Booster Club
2014-2015 Booster Club Order Form is now available! Please click the link below to access items that are now available!
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By completing the Pesticide Notification Registry form one will be notified 48 hours in advance of any application of pesticides at Northwestern Schools.
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