AVON — According to the 2023 ILEARN results Avon Community School Corporation’s 8th graders scored a 68.3% in the Math proficiency portion of the test. According to the results, that is one of the highest scores in the state.
When broken down by each school Avon Middle School South’s 8th graders scored a 73.3% on the math proficiency portion of the test.
“We have done a great job working with our partners at our other middle school, Avon Middle School North and those two teams of teachers have together and really hard to make sure the kids knew what they needed to do so they could do well on that test,” Dan Chapin, Principal at Avon Middle School South said.
While Avon Middle School North's 8th graders scored a 63.4% in the same portion.
“Our 8th grade student did great on the ILEARN – 73% of our students passed that assessment and the same students the year prior – just a little over 50% passed it,” Principal Chapin said.
That was for the 2022-2023 school year. Chapin and 8th Grade math teacher Jill DeBow spoke to WRTV on Friday about what this accomplishment means.
School officials say those students are now in high school.
Chapin credits some of the results to 8th grade math teacher Jill DeBow. DeBow says she has been teaching for roughly 17 years and it’s a job that she may never quit.
“I love the middle school age group – they are unintentionally funny, they are still trying to figure out who they are,” DeBow said.
The results were released in July and it shows learning is stabilizing from COVID-19 disruptions.
The 2023 ILEARN scores were released, which show that while learning is stabilizing, targeted support is still needed for many students to increase academic momentum.
Indiana has partnered with the National Center for Assessment for the last three years to measure the academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to this year’s results, statewide, 40.7% of Indiana’s students are at or above proficiency standards in English/language arts (ELA), and 40.9% of students are at or above proficiency standards in math.
To see the full results click here.