Indiana State Testing

If you have a child in grades 3-8 or enrolled in Algebra 1 or English 10–then you know that we have been hard at work tackling state testing!

As you may recall, last spring the state decided to opt our of the Common Core Standards in favor of creating our own version of Indiana Standards.  This last-minute change left teachers across Indiana working feverishly to prepare for the fall of this year when the new standards had to be taught.  Typically new standards are phased in over time to allow teachers to develop curriculum, scope and sequence documents, and also materials designed to cover a new set of standards.  Our teachers worked hard to pull this off in just a short handful of months!

It is also typical to see a state adopt new standards and then roll out a new assessment system gradually as there is always a dip in testing scores when new standards are implemented.  Many states either suspend accountability measures for a year or run two accountability systems side by side due to the research that shows this implementation dip.  Indiana has not elected to go this route.  So, this year the state also rolled out a new set of spring assessments to test the new set of standards that were unveiled just about a year ago.  These new assessments had a very different level of rigor and item format–something you may have heard from your children as they came home from testing.  Our teachers worked very hard to prepare students for this new level of rigor and the new format along with the new set of standards.  We look forward to seeing our assessment results and hope that our hard work allows us to beat the implementation dip odds!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the following Boone Grove High School Students who were inducted into the Porter County Technology Honor Society:  Andi Burczyk, Andrew Foster, Samuel Pauk, Joseph Rodriguez, and Jordan Vann.  We are very proud of your hard work!

Congratulations to Allegra Shinabargar who won an Award of Excellence at the American Institute of Architecture contest in Indianapolis.

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.

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  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!

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  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.
  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 4, 2015:  Sports Physicals at BGHS for students entering BGMS and BGHS–all funds raised support the PTSC Athletics!

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  • June 7, 2015: BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • The BGHS Class of 1975 will be having a 40th class reunion  July 11,2015.  The place is still to be determined.  They are in need of several e-mail addresses for classmates.  If you have any contact information to share for the class of 1975, please email
  • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs. If you are interested, please apply online. It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

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