HCCSC schools get mixed grade in IDOE accountability scores

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, and Huntington County Community Schools received a mixed report card.

Grades for Andrews Elementary, Riverview Middle School, Crestview Middle School and Huntington North High School stayed the same as the previous year, with Riverview earning another A and the other three schools again receiving B grades.

Roanoke Elementary and Northwest Elementary both went down a grade, from an A to a B.

Lincoln Elementary school went from a C to F.

However, Flint Springs Elementary, Lancaster Elementary and Salamonie Elementary all improved a letter grade, going from C to a B.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty says the corporation as a whole received a grade of B, up from a C last year. He says as a whole, the district showed a lot of improvement.

“When you look at some of the data, they have two components that they grade us on,” he explains.

“One is achievement, which is a certain score that students must get, and there’s another component, which is growth, and when you look at our growth factor, a lot of our schools did very well on the growth,” Daugherty said. “And that’s one thing that we really challenge our principals and teachers, and that is growth. Every child can grow, no matter what.”

Daugherty says Lincoln Elementary’s F grade is expected to improve now that Chris Tillett has moved into the principal’s chair at the school, having transferred from Roanoke Elementary.

“Lincoln was the one school that really took a nosedive with their accountability grade, but it doesn’t reflect the work that the teachers are doing over there,” he says. “Now, with the new principal and our staff over there, they’re working hard to improve on that grade for next year. We are going to continue to work on it.”

Statewide, nearly 25 percent of schools improved one or more letter grades, with close to 6 percent improving their letter grades to an A. Overall, 62 percent of schools received an A or B.

“I am encouraged by the results of our current accountability grades as an indication of the great education Indiana students are receiving,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction “Our work, however, is not finished. As a department we will continue to partner with stakeholders from the state level to the local community to ensure every school is successful and every student is academically prepared for the future.”

Daugherty says with redistricting on the horizon for the 2017-18 school year, there may be some change in grades for some schools, but the curriculum and instruction will remain the same.

“We’re still going to continue to do the great things that we’re doing in our classrooms,” he adds. “All in all, I think that will stay the same. I don’t think we’ll see a big dip in accountability grades because we have great teachers, and we also have great students.”

To view the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, visit www.doe.in. gov/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports.