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Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:00 am

15 county schools get 4-star rating

Bluffton also among those in area to get an A grade from state

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Fifteen Allen County schools are among 238 in Indiana named Four Star Schools for the 2016-17 academic year.

The list released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education includes 11 schools from each of the county's public school districts and four private schools – Bishop Dwenger High School, Concordia Lutheran High School and Blackhawk Christian elementary and middle/high schools.

Bluffton High School was the only other northeast Indiana school on the list.

To receive the award, schools must have an A on the state's A-F accountability system, have excellent ISTEP pass rates, carry overall high graduation rates – if applicable – and show success in closing achievement gaps, according to a statement from the Education Department.

“Receiving designation as a Four Star School signifies a pursuit of academic excellence among students, educators and the administration,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said in the statement.

Local public schools on the list:

• Croninger Elementary School in Fort Wayne Community Schools

• Cedarville and Leo elementary schools, East Allen University and Leo Junior/Senior High School in East Allen County Schools

• Carroll High School and Eel River and Oak View elementary schools in Northwest Allen County Schools

• Homestead Senior High School, Aboite Elementary School and Woodside Middle School in Southwest Allen County Schools

Ten schools in Allen County were on the list last year.

“We are proud of the entire SACS community – the teachers, administrators, parents and district supporters – who tirelessly work together to prepare today's learners for tomorrow's opportunities,” Superintendent Phil Downs said in a statement. “While recognition is appreciated, it is not always easy or fair to measure the quality of a school based on a test score.”

Tamyra Kelly, a spokeswoman for East Allen, said Superintendent Marilyn Hissong is proud of students, staff and parents for working to achieve Four Star status. 

“We're thrilled, but we're not surprised,” said FWCS Public Affairs Director Melanie Hall. She said students, staff and the community at Croninger are focused on high standards.