Ind. School Districts Get 2016 Accountability Report Cards
By Travis Thayer
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana school districts have received their report cards for the 2015-16 school year.
The Indiana Department of Education released its 2016 A-F school accountability grades for school corporations on Wednesday.
A total of 22 school districts in the Hoosier state received an “A,” but none were located in southeast Indiana. In 2015, southeast Indiana saw six school districts earn the top grade.
This time around, most local districts received a B-rating including Batesville, Franklin County, Jac-Cen-Del, Lawrenceburg, Milan, South Ripley, Sunman Dearborn, and Switzerland County.
South Dearborn and Rising Sun – Ohio County Schools were the only area districts to receive a “C”.
The number of districts receiving an “A” rating dropped significantly throughout the state from the previous school year. The decline could be contributed to problems with Indiana’s ISTEP+ test in 2015 that resulted in legislators passing a new hold harmless law – preventing school corporation grades from being any lower than they were in 2014.
However, the new grading model is expected to hand out fewer A-ratings, but will help lower-performing schools boost their rating if students show progress.
Under the new model, Indiana’s A-F accountability system will recognize more than just the number of students who pass statewide exams. The new system will also acknowledge teachers and schools that help grow students academically from year-to-year and award bonus points for students who grow more than one year in their school work.