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Wednesday, October 04, 2017 10:20 am

State releases A-F school ratings

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana schools received their A to F rankings Wednesday after the State Board of Education approved the annual grades.

In all, 510 schools - or nearly 25 percent - increased by one or more letter grade in the 2016-17 school year while 1,060 remained the same and 477 dropped.

Nearly 30 percent of all schools received A's - a jump from last year of 509 schools to 620. The majority of schools continue to be in the B and C range.

The number of D and F schools increased from 303 to 314, or almost 15 percent of the schools.

This data includes traditional public and charter schools as well as private schools that take the ISTEP+ test, such as those that receive vouchers.

“I am encouraged by the results of our current accountability grades as an indication of the great education Indiana students are receiving,” said Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction “Our work, however, is not finished. As a department we will continue to partner with stakeholders from the state level to the local community to ensure every school is successful and every student is academically prepared for the future.”

Lawmakers require each school receive an accountability grade every year. The biggest factor is performance on the standardized test though graduation rate and a few other data points are included.

This is the second year for new metrics for Indiana's student-centered accountability system. More than 50 schools have appeals pending and their accountability grade was not released.

One of the biggest jumps seen is from Cornerstone College Prep School on Harris Road, which saw its grade shoot up from an F to a B after solid ISTEP+ gains.

Locally, schools in Southwest Allen County schools went from having two A schools to six. None were below a C.

Northwest Allen County Schools received all A and B's - bringing up two C's from the year before.

Fort Wayne Community Schools' had five A schools compared to two the year before. But the district also gained three F schools for a total of six - all middle and elementary schools.

East Allen County Schools went from having one D/F to three. But the district has four A schools compared to two the year before.

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