Evansville School Grades Show Growth and Room to Grow


The Indiana Department of Education released school accountability grades for 2016-17 on Wednesday. Jasper High School received an A, Jasper Middle school a B, Ireland Elementary snagged an A and both Fifth Street School and Tenth Street Elementary received B's.

Statewide, almost 25 percent of schools improved one or more letter grades, with close to 6 percent improving their letter grade to an A. Overall, 62 percent of schools received an A or B.

Yet the overall percent of schools that received As and Bs is the almost the same as past year.

"It's October, the first quarter of the school year is just about over and we're looking at our letter grades from last year", Minihan says.

"Our language arts teachers and our math teachers work really hard on reading skills, writing skills and math skills to help students in future careers", says VCSC Deputy Superintendent Dr. Karen Goeller.

Among Porter County high schools, Chesterton, Morgan Township, Washington Township, Boone Grove, Wheeler and Valparaiso High Schools received an A. Hebron, Kouts and Portage received a B. No Porter County high school received a C or lower.

High schools at Calumet New Tech, Clark, Gavit, Hammond High, and Morton received a C. Ten Lake County public schools - five elementary and five middle schools - received a D. It also added graduation rates, college/career readiness and percentage of students passing a dual-credit class, AP course or other certification for high schools. At least, according to the state's accountability report.

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The grades are based off of the ISTEP+ statewide testing and the rates of improvement in ISTEP+ for elementary and high schools.

The entire school is focused on teaching the IN academic standards, Roeschlein said.

Greater Jasper Schools all earned the same grades as 2015-16. Since August, a state-appointed emergency manager has had sole academic and financial control. She did not ask for the review, she said.

He did not have further information as of press deadline.

A-F grades for schools are calculated using students' academic growth on the ISTEP exam from year-to-year and passage of the test.

While many school districts did well, in Central Indiana only Zionsville Community Schools, Brownsburg Community School Corp., Eastern Hancock County Community Schools, Danville Community School Corp. and Richland-Bean Blossom Community Schools in Bloomington all saw straight A's. "That team will make recommendations to our board of school commissioners in November in an effort to pull those schools up before the state has to step in".

The School City of Hammond's Jefferson Elementary is appealing its accountability grade.