The Bloomfield School District Board of Trustees learned Thursday the September Average Daily Membership count has shown another drop in students.
The Average Daily Membership (ADM) calculates the number of students for the school's funding formula. Most students are counted as one, while kindergarten students are calculated as one-half.
Superintendent Dan Sichting explained to the board during the ADM count last year, Bloomfield School District had 926 students.
The fall semester count showed 879 students, which will reduce funding for the school because it had anticipated 900 students. This number is down from 912 at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Sichting said administrators have been tracking students who had left the school district, and he believes the economy is to blame for students having to leave.
"We are going to continue to track this. There is no underlying single reason," Sichting said, in noting several students have even left the state.
Due to changes in state law, there will be a second ADM count in February to determine funding for the spring semester.
In other business, Sichting told the board based on preliminary ISTEP testing results released last week Bloomfield School District is on a continuous upward trend.
Corporation wide, which Sichting explained included grades 3 to 6 in the elementary school and grades 7 and 8 in the junior high, has made improvements since 2006.
In 2006, results showed 67.15 percent of all students passed both the English/Language arts and math portions. Compared to 79.7 percent for the 2013 testing.
A comparison of individual sections showed in 2006 showed the math section had a passage of 72.5 percent compared to 87.5 percent this year.
For the English/Language Arts portion, the school had a pass percentage of 75 percent in 2006, and that percentage jumped up to 84 percent this year.
Sichting said this growth in the number of students passing the ISTEP was "outstanding."
Based on the growth in scores and End of Course Assessments (ECA) scores, which have not been publicly released yet, Sichting said he anticipates the school will see a grade on the A through F Accountability scale of which they can be proud.
Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School hosted a 2013 ACT test last week, in which 12 Bloomfield students were of the 36 students from Greene and Monroe counties.
Sichting and administrators have been taking measures to promote the ACT exam in comparison to the SAT because they believe the language of the ACT is more suitable for Midwestern students.
The 2012-13 ACT score results showed all Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School results at or above the college readiness level.