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WHAT’S UP AT WHITKO: Clason offers his take on education issues

August 13, 2013

PIERCETON — When school grading, funding and testing came under fire, the future of Indiana Department of Education policies and procedures became uncertain.

The wake of these areas of controversy and debate are still being felt by school districts.

However, Whitko Community School Corporation is ready to greet the 2013-14 school year — eager to see some long-awaited plans take shape.

The Post & Mail recently asked WCSC’s Superintendent Steve Clason weigh-in on some of the issues possibly facing the district.

P&M: The Indiana Department of Education said ISTEP+ scores would be released this month. How do you think WCSC students fared in spite of the glitches that interrupted testing?
Clason: “There were 150 test interruptions that we know of. It’s hard to believe the results are conclusive, but I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.
“We do have the luxury of comparing that data to previous testing of a different kind to see how they match up. That will be a good indicator, at least for our knowledge, as to how the students did on the ISTEP.”

P&M: With Indiana legislators approving the budget, an estimated two percent in additional funding was reportedly coming back to the schools.
Are those funds still on the way and how will the school district use those monies when they are received?
Clason: “We haven’t received that money yet, but that doesn’t mean we won’t. Basically that money is going to fluctuate based on the student count that will happen this fall and in the spring.
“The money is actually going to help level the dollar amount given per student. So those districts that are already receiving a high dollar amount per student will not likely get the full two percent bump.
“For Whitko, we will probably be pretty close to that full two percent. The state is trying to make funding more even across the board.”

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