The grades are out for the 2015-2016 school year and some area schools are making the grade…and some aren’t.
The grades became public after the Indiana State Board of Education approved the placement of schools into their respective categories.
Penn-Harris-Madison Schools did well. Every school in the district got an A or B except for Virgil I Grissom Middle School, which earned a C for the lowest grade in the district.
School City of Mishawaka schools were a mixed bag. Fred J. Hums Elementary earned an A grade. The rest were B’s, C’s, and D’s, with Beiger Elementary, Emmons Elementary, and Lasalle Elementary getting the D grades.
South Bend Community Schools earned quite a few F grades. In total, 13 schools earned F grades in the yearly report. There were no A grades. The top grades were B grades for Adams High, LaSalle Intermediate Academy, Hamilton Traditional School, and Kennedy Primary Academy.
No schools in the Elkhart Community School district got A’s. Instead, there was a mix of every other letter grade. Cleveland Elementary, Elkhart Memorial High, West Side Middle, Pinewood Elementary, Monger Elementary, and Riverview Elementary schools received B grades. The lone F grade went to Pierre Moran Middle School.
In the Goshen Community School district, Prairie View and West Goshen Elementary Schools earned A grades. No school got lower than the C grades that Waterford Elementary and Goshen High received.
It was all B’s and C’s for schools in the Concord Community School district: B’s for Concord Junior High, Concord East Side Elementary, and Concord Ox-Bow Elementary School, and the rest got C’s.
In response, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz released the following statement:
“I want to thank Indiana’s students, educators and families for their countless hours of work over the last academic year. This year, Indiana implemented a new student-centered school accountability system utilizing Indiana’s new, more rigorous standards and assessments for the first time. For those reasons, the 2015-16 school year establishes a new baseline for school accountability grades in Indiana. Moving forward, the Department of Education will continue to support students, educators and schools with the important work of school improvement.”