MUNSTER | More than 30 schools from Northwest Indiana were named four-star schools in the state.
The schools were deemed four-star schools because they were in the top 25 percentile in ISTEP+ testing, according to a release from the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
There were 313 schools across the state given the four-star designation.
The announcement comes a week after three school districts in Northwest Indiana had referendums asking residents to approve tax increases for schools.
Union Township and the School Town of Munster approved referendums while the Metropolitan School District of Boone Township voted against the referendum.
George Letz, superintendent at Metropolitan School District of Boone Township in Hebron, said he was pleased Hebron High and Hebron Middle were recognized as four-star schools but contrasted their achievement with their funding challenges.
"It's ironic we receive these awards after a failed referendum — by four votes — in our district," he said.
In Lake County, Lake Central High and James H. Watson Elementary were named four-star along with Jonas E. Salk Elementary, Highland High, Munster High and Frank H. Hammond Elementary.
The following Crown Point Community School Corp. schools were named four-star: Robert Taft Middle School, Douglas MacArthur Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary, Crown Point High, Lake Street Elementary, Solon Robinson Elementary, Jerry Ross Elementary, Colonel John Wheeler Middle and Robert A. Taft Middle.
The following nine schools from the Diocese of Gary were recognized: St. John Evangelist, St. Mary Catholic, Bishop Noll Institute, St. Bridget School, St. Thomas More, Notre Dame Elementary, Marquette Catholic High, St. Patrick and St. Paul Catholic.
In Porter County, Wheeler High, Union Township Middle, Chesterton High and Discovery Charter were named four-star schools. Morgan Township Middle/High, Kouts Elementary and Washington Township Elementary and Immanuel Lutheran School also were on the list.
The following Valparaiso Community Schools facilities were recognized: Valparaiso High, Benjamin Franklin Middle, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Central Elementary, Memorial Elementary and Northview Elementary.
In LaPorte County, F. Willard Crichfield Elementary was on the list.