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The math department begins second round of ISTEP testing

The math department begins second round of ISTEP testing

Brian Zhang

April 16, 2019

The math department is currently administering ISTEP, according to math department chairperson Jacinda Sohalski. Sohalski said that the department was happy about the first round of testing and is hoping that this second round is smooth as well. “Right now we are very busy administering ISTEP,” ...

Math department administers ISTEP exam

Math department administers ISTEP exam

Brian Zhang

March 1, 2019

The math department is now administering the ISTEP exam, according to math department chairperson Jacinda Sohalski. Sohalski said that preparation for ISTEP exam is a big undertaking, as it tests so many students. “Since we have to test all sophomores ISTEP is a lot of planning,” said Sohalski. ...

Pathways to eliminate ISTEP+ requirement for Class of ‘23 and on, Harmas says

Pathways to eliminate ISTEP+ requirement for Class of ‘23 and on, Harmas says

Carson TerBush

October 21, 2018

With the introduction of the new graduation pathways program, Principal Tom Harmas said the previously required ISTEP+ tests will no longer be needed for graduation for students currently in eighth grade and below. In addition to coordinating Pathways, Harmas said he is currently working on allocating funds for teachers’ pro...

Principal Tom Harmas coordinates Homecoming parade viewing, new graduation pathways program

Principal Tom Harmas coordinates Homecoming parade viewing, new graduation pathways program

Carson TerBush

September 27, 2018

CHS will implement a new graduation requirement system called graduation pathways this year, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Additionally, Harmas said he has been working with student government to coordinate student viewing of the Homecoming parade which has in the past only been viewed by community members. As the school year progresses, Harmas also ...

The math department administers second round of ISTEP testing, prepares for the end of the year

The math department administers second round of ISTEP testing, prepares for the end of the year

Brian Zhang

April 18, 2018

The math department is now administering the second round of ISTEP testing, according to math department chairperson Jacinda Sohalski. Sohalski said the department is currently very busy administering the exam to all sophomores. Sohalski also said teachers are working to get ready for the end of the ...

The math department administers ISTEP exams, trains teachers in the “workshop model” for the classroom

The math department administers ISTEP exams, trains teachers in the “workshop model” for the classroom

Brian Zhang

February 28, 2018

The math department is currently administering ISTEP this week, according to math department chairperson Jacinda Sohalski. Sohalski said the department is working to make sure the process runs smoothly. “Right now, it’s all ISTEP,” Sohalski said. “We have to adjust the schedules, and make sure ...

The math department prepares to administer ISTEP exams

The math department prepares to administer ISTEP exams

Brian Zhang

February 15, 2018

The math department is preparing for ISTEP, according to math department chairperson Jacinda Sohalski. Sohalski said that the department is working to schedule both the real and practice exams for all sophomores and students who did not pass last year. “Currently, we are getting ready to administer...

New Requirements: Indiana students will be required to meet new standards to graduate

New Requirements: Indiana students will be required to meet new standards to graduate

Anushka Dasgupta, Reporter, Speak-ups

December 14, 2017

This  November, a subcommittee of the Indiana State Board of Education, the Graduation Pathways Panel, recommended new graduation requirements for all high schoolers in Indiana. The state Board of Education approved of the plan on Dec. 7, and the switch will apply to the class of 2023 and beyond. The...

Principal Tom Harmas to implement new ISTEP remediation plan

Principal Tom Harmas to implement new ISTEP remediation plan

Manahil Nadeem

October 9, 2017

Last year, over 400 sophomores did not pass ISTEP, according to Principal Tom Harmas. “The biggest thing we are working on right now is the remediation plan. Last year, we had over 400 kids that did not pass ISTEP, whether it be language arts or math,” Harmas said. “We’ve put together a remediation...

Ask the HiLite: Why are students taking ISTEP in high school now and what are the details involved in testing this year?

Ask the HiLite: Why are students taking ISTEP in high school  now and what are the details involved in testing this  year?

Jessica Konrad and Lilly St. Angelo

March 17, 2017

Q: How effective would you say is the ISTEP at evaluating students’ academic abilities? A: I think that it’s good to have some sort of a common measurement for students, but I think it’s important that it’s viewed as a snapshot of a student’s ability. I think it’s good in terms of looking at students’ acade...

Happenings Outside the Political World in 1000 characters or less

Happenings Outside the Political World in 1000 characters or less

blogs

May 6, 2016

Hello, everyone, I’m Aaron Seals, blogger of The Game Changer. I am off this week due to prom, but with the volatility that has occurred across the country in the wake of the Indiana primary and the aftermath of it, and the increasing debate going on here in the HiLite room, I think it’s time we...

Indiana to eliminate ISTEP+ testing after 2017 school year, students and teachers have mixed reactions

Indiana to eliminate ISTEP+ testing after 2017 school year, students and teachers have mixed reactions

Contributor

March 23, 2016

Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law a bill that reformed many aspects of education. Although the bill focuses on many other subjects concerning the education department, the main aspect of the bill is the ISTEP test repeal that will become operational after the 2017 school year. A panel of ed...