Indiana Education Department releases school district grades

2014-01-15T17:30:00Z 2014-01-16T10:47:30Z Indiana Education Department releases school district gradesCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

The Indiana Department of Education released school corporation grades Wednesday, and most are in line with individual school grades officially released Dec. 21.

The corporation grades were determined after individual school grades were released at December’s meeting of the State Board of Education.

Locally, the School City of East Chicago and the Gary Community School Corp. each had a failing grade of F. The School City of Hammond moved up slightly to a D from an F.

Hammond Superintendent Walter Watkins said school leaders said they are making progress.

"We had a number of schools that improved their results drastically," he said. "Unfortunately, you have to take an average of the 20 schools, which brought our overall score down to a D. It's better than last year. We feel we are on our way to making significant progress in our accountability efforts. But the issue remains that we are being compared to districts which are much less complex."

Watkins said he hopes that when the school accountability system changes next year, it will provide a more accurate reflection of all the great things Hammond teachers and administrators are doing for students.

Several other districts in Lake and Porter counties scored good grades, including Lake Central School Corp., Crown Point Community School Corp. and School Town of Munster with an A. The Merrillville Community School Corp., Tri-Creek School Corp. and School Town of Highland scored a B. All districts in Porter County earned an A except the Duneland School Corp., which earned a B, and Portage Township Schools, which scored a C.

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