The Huntington County Community School Corporation is ending the school year with a spate of good news.
Lincoln Elementary School has received designation as a Highly Effective Learning Certified School; Salamonie Elementary School and Riverview Middle School have earned 4 Star School designations; and the graduation rate at Huntington North High School is up.
Currently, Lincoln is one of only two schools in the entire nation to earn the distinction from the Center for Effective Learning.
The center provides consulting, training and customer-designed services to meet the immediate and long-term needs of educational leaders both nationally and internationally.
In the classroom, the Highly Effective Teaching model focuses on "growing responsible citizens" using learning, instructional strategies and conceptual curriculum.
School Principal Adam Drummond says certification is a rigorous process, but his teachers do a lot of hard work to keep it in action.
Riverview and Salamonie earned the 4 Star designation from the Indiana Department of Education by ranking in the top 25th percentile of schools in ISTEP+ testing results.
At the secondary education level, the Indiana Department of Education reports, the Indiana graduation rate has increased again - as has the graduation rate at HNHS.
Huntington North has an 88.1 percent graduation rate for 2011-12, up from 85.3 percent in 2010-11, and from just 79.4 percent in 2006-07.
Statewide, the graduation rate was 88.38 percent in 2012, up from 86.61 percent of public school students graduating in 2011.
These statistics, released by the Indiana Department of Education, vary from the federal reported graduation rate of 87 percent. Each statistic is calculated a bit differently, as the federal rate exempts fewer students, making that rate lower than the statewide calculated rate.
The statewide reported graduation rate has seen a steep incline since 2006-07, when it was just 77.7 percent.
The rate has increased each year since.
Complete caption: Lincoln Elementary School teachers (from left) Zella Walborn, fifth grade, and Ashley Ransom, first grade, hold the plaque that distinguishes Lincoln as a Highly Effective Learning Certified School. School principal Adam Drummond says the two have been very instrumental in the process. At a recent conference held at Horace Mann Educational Center the teachers set up demonstration classrooms to showcase the Highly Effective Teaching model.