It is wonderful to hear that many local schools have received the honor of attaining the prestigious Four Star designation awarded to only schools who test into the top 25 percentile statewide!
Please take a moment to congratulate the dedicated, wonderful educators at each school!
Quoting South Bend Tribune:
Several area schools are included on the Indiana Department of Education’s list of 2010-2011 Four Star Schools released this week.
Of 1,780 public schools in the state, 162 earned the title. Eleven of 238 non-public schools also were named this year.
Area schools honored were:
— Bremen Senior High School;
— New Prairie United School Corp.’s Prairie View Elementary School and Rolling Prairie Elementary School;
— Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp.’s Discovery Middle School, Horizon Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Northpoint Elementary School, Prairie Vista Elementary School and Schmucker Middle School;
— School City of Mishawaka’s Twin Branch Elementary School;
— South Bend Community School Corp.’s Hamilton Traditional School, Kennedy Primary Academy and LaSalle Intermediate Academy;
— St. Joseph Catholic Grade School in South Bend.
To be considered a Four Star School, End of Course Assessment passing percentages must fall into the top 25th percentile when compared to schools statewide. A school must also have made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act to qualify.
The IDOE reviewed data for non-public schools and included the top non-public schools as honorees. Public schools and non-public schools had separate cut scores and were compared only to like schools.
This means public schools were only compared to other public schools, and non-public schools were only compared to other non-public schools. The calculations were completely independent of one another.