Southern Indiana school corporations remained relatively flat in the education department’s letter grade release Wednesday.
The A-F letter grade system is part of Indiana’s two-year-old accountability system that’s now subject to change pending a special panel’s recommendations expected this year.
Around two-thirds of school corporations received the same letter grade as last year, according to our friends at State Impact Indiana.
Greater Clark County Schools superintendent Andrew Melin says half his schools have A grades, but four have Ds and this is where the district must focus its attention.
“Despite having many schools doing very well we still a few that are struggling and we’re putting time and effort to improve in those four schools,” he says.
This includes strong plans at those struggling schools, which he says are in place, and also appropriate professional development for educators. He adds some district-wide initiatives should also improve student outcomes, like the decision to provide every student 3-12 with their own Chromebook.
Greater Clark County, West Clark Community and Clarksville Community school corporations all received the same C grade as last year with slight numeric improvements. New Albany-Floyd County Schools dropped to a B grade.
Melin agrees with many other Indiana educators that the state’s accountability system doesn’t tell the full picture of how schools are actually performing. The system is under review by a state panel and is subject to change.
Individual schools received their A through F grades last month.
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