The annual school performance report for the Duneland School Corporation
appears in today’s Chesterton Tribune on pages six and seven. The report
displays data on local schools in areas deemed critical by the Indiana
General Assembly to assess the performance of schools in educating our
The annual school performance report is an accountability tool for
communities reviewing the educational progress of the state’s future
Indiana taxpayers invest $6.3 billion in education – an average of $6,760
per pupil. This investment is critical to the state’s and individual
communities’ future quality of life.
The quality of education impacts the decisions of corporations and private
entrepreneurs as to locations for new investments or expansions of current
operations. Educational quality plays a major role in the decisions of
families as to where they want to live.
And obviously, the quality of education in a particular school system or
school building can have a life-long impact on individual children. The
spark that is a child’s desire to learn can be coaxed into a roaring flame
or snuffed out.
The school performance report should be an opportunity for a community to
initiate a dialogue with its educational leaders – school boards,
superintendents, and principals. The community and local school districts
should be on the same page as to the direction of education.
The community should be seen as a resource to help school districts maintain
positive trends shown by the performance report or turn around negative
trends. Schools can not succeed in a vacuum. They need the support of not
only parents, but the entire community.
Similarly, a community can not succeed without a strong school system.
Graduates must be prepared for the challenges to be faced upon leaving high
school, whether it’s higher education or the workforce.
Take the time this week to look at the school performance report. If you
have questions, contact the school board, superintendent or principal. If
you have concerns, ask what you or the community can do to help. If you have
praise, give it to the appropriate educator and ask what you or the
community can do the help continue the progress being made.