GRIFFITH | The Griffith Public Schools board Thursday acknowledged the high and middle school test scores need improvement and said it will unveil a plan to remedy the problem at a public meeting later this month.
The board also praised two of the public elementary schools for producing impressive ISTEP-Plus exam scores.
The Indiana Department of Education last month gave letter grades of A to Beiriger and Wadsworth Elementary schools, while Ready Elementary School received a C.
The middle and high schools received D and C grades, respectively.
"We would first like to congratulate Wadsworth and Beiriger Elementary schools for their A ratings," Board President Raymond White Jr. said in a prepared statement.
"We are, of course, not satisfied with the performance of our three other schools."
White noted that the school system began taking steps in 2012 to improve the ratings.
"(We) required all middle school students to take both a literacy and a language arts course."
This, and other measures, resulted in the highest middle school language arts scores in more than 10 years, White said.
He also said teachers were trained last fall in using assessment data that predicts how students will perform in the ISTEP-Plus and ECA exams.
"As you see, we have already begun to take a stern look at each of these schools, particularly Griffith Middle School, to seek ways to improve student performance and provide teachers the necessary support to be successful."
"We're very angry about these grades," said one woman, who asked not be named.
The woman told the board her children are doing well in the elementary schools, but she expressed concern about the education quality they will receive when they enter the middle school.
"You've let us down big time," she told the board members.
The board announced it will hold a public meeting Jan. 23 to announce a new plan to help students improve their scores.
"We're not going to rest until we have the situation corrected," Superintendent Peter Morikis said.