Thirty two Northwest Indiana schools were awarded top honors Tuesday in the state's annual Four Star School program.
The Crown Point School Corp. has seven schools excelling in student tests and school accountability. The Catholic Diocese of Gary has Four Star Schools in Chesterton, Hammond, Merrillville, Michigan City and St. John.
Recognition also was extended to the Valparaiso Community Schools, the East Porter County School Corp., the School Town of Munster, the LaPorte Community School Corp., the Lake Central School Corp., the School City of Hobart, the School City of Whiting, the Kankakee Valley School Corp. and Lutheran Schools of Indiana in Valparaiso.
A total of 287 schools around the state received the 2014-15 designation. They were ranked in the upper 25 percent of the state in two categories of the (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus) ISTEP tests which measure students' mastery of reading, writing, and mathematics.
A qualifying school also had to earn the highest designation in the state’s school accountability system, which measures student academic performance. The Four Star School program has been in place since 1988.
Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a written statement, "I applaud the hard work and dedication of the students, educators and families at these exceptional schools as we transitioned to more rigorous college-and-career ready standards and assessments last year."
The Four Star Schools include:
Colonel John Wheeler Middle School, Crown Point
Crown Point High School
Dwight D Eisenhower Elementary School, Crown Point
Jerry Ross Elementary School, Crown Point
Lake Street Elementary School, Crown Point
Robert Taft Middle School, Crown Point
Solon Robinson Elementary School, Crown Point
Andrean High School, Merrillville
Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond
Marquette Catholic High School. Michigan City
Saint John Evangelist School, St John
St. Patrick School, Chesterton
Chesterton Middle School Chesterton
Kouts Elementary School, Kouts
Morgan Township Middle/High School, Valparaiso
Washington Twp Elementary School, Valparaiso
Washington Twp Middle/High School, Valparaiso
Kankakee Valley High School, Wheatfield
George Bibich Elementary School, Dyer
Lake Central High School, St. John
F Willard Crichfield Elementary, LaPorte
Indian Trail Elementary School, LaPorte
Liberty Elementary School, Hobart
Whiting High School
Frank H. Hammond Elementary School, Munster
Munster High School
Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster
Cooks Corners Elementary School, Valparaiso
Memorial Elementary School, Valparaiso
Northview Elementary School, Valparaiso
Valparaiso High School
Immanuel Lutheran School, Valparaiso