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Local Education

January 15, 2014

School corporations receive overall accountability scores

ANDERSON — An overall accountability grade for the Anderson Community School Corp. is showing progress, said Tim Edsell, interim superintendent.

The corporation, which received a D from the Indiana Board of Education, is unchanged from 2012, but the district has improved on the graded scale from 1.14 to 1.76.

“We are very, very pleased with the improvement of our schools across the board,” Edsell said.

The school corporations are graded by the state’s Office of Accountability to provide a snapshot evaluation of how the state goals align with each school district in four areas of assessment: mathematics, English and language arts, college and career readiness, and graduation levels.

Edsell said all of the school grades are averaged together for the corporation grade based on a rubric system and the corporation is happy with each school’s score, which he said have either remained unchanged or improved from last year.

“I would say our eight-step process, which is an instrumental strategy, is definitely paying dividends,” Edsell said. “I have seen, and in talking to our administrators and even the teachers, that the eight-step process is really making a difference.”

The process, he said, includes three-week mini assessment cycles where students receive math and language arts instruction in smaller groups.

“It’s true data driven instruction and deviation in addition to their regularly scheduled day," Edsell said.

Other school corporation grades include an A for South Madison Community School Corp., a B for Frankton-Lapel Community School Corp., a C for Alexandria Community School Corp., and a D for Elwood Community School Corp.

Both Frankton-Lapel and Alexandria districts dropped letter grades from 2012. Elwood’s letter grade remained the same, but like Anderson, the corporation improved in the point system up from a 1.74 to a 1.93.

A 2.00 is a C.

During the school board meeting on Tuesday, Anderson Community Schools board member Stephanie Moran commented on the individual school grades that comprised the corporation’s overall grade.

"I just have to say how exciting it is to see all those A's," she said.

Anderson school officials plan to hang banners at all the A-grade schools and they look forward to next year’s evaluation.

“We want to keep getting better – we want to keep improving,” Edsell said.

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