Schools Receive Accountability Placements

By Megan Trent

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 8:09 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The report cards are in. Hoosier school districts learned their state and federal accountability placements today, and it's good news for Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Across Indiana, 73% of schools were in the top three performance tiers, ranking either exemplary, commendable, or academic progress. Nearly 85% of FWCS schools fell into those categories. That's 42 schools this year up from just six schools last year. The assessments are based off of ISTEP scores and year-to-year improvements.

Federally, schools could qualify for Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Half of FWCS schools made the cut, including the district as a whole.

Melanie Hall, Director of Public Affairs for Fort Wayne Community Schools, says, "Fort Wayne Community Schools spends way above the state average on instruction. That is our highest priority and that's where we put our investment. We're glad to see it paying off."

The East Allen County School district was the only Allen County district not to qualify. That's compared to 58% of Hoosier schools total.

Hall says administrators are pleased with the trend they're seeing, but there is still work to be done. Two FWCS schools, Southside and Northside High Schools, are in their fifth year of academic probation. That means state officials could step in and take control of those schools if improvements aren't made this year.

"The staffs are committed," says Hall. "They are working very hard. We have tools in place and support systems in place to give the teachers what they need and to give students specialized and personalized and precise instruction. They're highly motivated."

While two East Allen County Schools have improved enough to be taken off of academic probation status, Paul Harding High School is in it's fifth year of academic probation and remains in jeopardy as well.

For a full list of Indiana schools and their placements, visit http://www.doe.in.gov/pl221/

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