After months of fights and arguments in Indianapolis, local schools have now received their grades from the Indiana Department of Education. Just like the kids who have wrapped up finals this week the final grades for the schools left some officials happy and others looking for ways to do better.
For the Barr-Reeve Schools the report card from the state was straight A’s. The middle-high school maintained its A from 2012 while the primary and elementary schools both jumped from B’s to A’s. “We are very happy and very pleased with the grades we received,” said Barr-Reeve Superintendent Travis Madison. “This reflects on just how hard our students, staff and parents have worked. You like to be recognized and we feel like this shows that hard work pays off.”
This isn’t the first time since the state began giving schools grades that Barr-Reeve has landed a straight A grade. The same thing happened in 2010. “We have traditionally had good scores,” said Madison. “We have high expectations of students. We set ourselves to do our best and that pushes us to continue to grow.”
For Washington the grades may not be quite so flashy, but the results showed improvement. Veale and North Elementaries maintained their A’s. The junior high kept its C. Griffith and Lena Dunn elementaries, and Washington High School all saw their grades improve. The high school received a B. Griffith a C and Lena Dunn a D. “We’re really excited about the improvements,” said Assistant Washington School Superintendent Paul White. “We have more to go, but this is a good start.”
The increase at the high school was the result of some specific efforts. “We’ve raised our graduation rate,” said White. “We’ve also done some things to raise our math and language arts scores. We’re still looking at some additional things in language arts to raise those scores even more.”