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January 11, 2017 11:45 AM

Local school district accountability grades released

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

The Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday chose new GOP Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick as its chairwoman.

A new state law authorized that vote. Previously the chair was automatically the state superintendent. But Republican lawmakers changed the statute when Democrat Glenda Ritz was in office.

McCormick - a Republican - surprised everyone by defeating Ritz in the November election.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Area school corporations overwhelmingly received B's in new accountability grades released Wednesday.

In Allen County, all districts received a B except Fort Wayne Community Schools, which earned a C.

The local breakdown generally matches the overall range of grades across the state - 8 percent of districts' received A's, 60 percent B's, 29 percent C's, nearly 2 percent D's and less than 1 percent F's.

The grades were the first under a new accountability calculation that resulted in much fewer A's. The same trend showed up last month when individual school accountability grades were released - fewer A's and F's but more grades in the middle.

Only one district received an F - Gary Community Public Schools. Five districts earned a D - none in northeast Indiana.

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