The Department of Education released its A-F Accountability grades for
schools in Indiana for 2013 on Friday.
The A-F labels, according to the DOE’s website, improve transparency
allowing parents and the community to see how their schools are performing.
The State Board of Education adopted the use of a new methodology for
accountability grades starting with the 2011-12 school year.
According to the DOE, the new grade model “holds schools and corporations to
higher standards and provides a more accurate picture of their performance
by incorporating student academic growth and graduation rates, as well as
college and career readiness, as measures of success.”
Nearly all of Duneland Schools showed improvement or stayed at the same
grade compared to 2012. Improvements this year were seen at Brummitt, Yost,
and Liberty Elementary Schools which rose from C grades in 2012 to A grades
in 2013. Bailly Elementary improved from a B grade last year to an A.
Chesterton Middle School which was labeled as a “D” school last year, one of
the lowest in Porter County, showed some improvement earning a C grade for
Earning the same grades as last year were Chesterton High School with an A,
Jackson Elementary with an A, and Liberty Intermediate with a B.
The one school in the DSC that saw a dip in 2013 was Westchester
Intermediate School which received a C grade on Friday after previously
earning an A in 2012.
Also locally, Discovery Charter School in Porter earned an A grade this year
as did St. Patrick School in Chesterton.
Grades were also up around Porter County. All high schools received either
an A or B. Improving schools outside Duneland included Boone Grove HS and
Washington Twp. HS which went from B to A in 2013. Also earning A’s were
Portage HS, Valparaiso HS, Hebron HS and Wheeler HS.
Earning B grades were Morgan Twp. HS and Kouts/Pleasant Twp. HS.
Just two Porter County schools earned D grades -- Central Elementary and
Paul Saylor Elementary both in the Portage School System. None received F
Following are the list of 2013 A-F grades with 2012 and 2011 grades in
parentheses for comparison.
Chesterton HS -- A (A, C)
Chesterton MS -- C (D, A)
Westchester Intermediate -- C (A, C)
Liberty Intermediate -- B (B, A)
Bailly Elem. -- A (B, A)
Brummitt Elem. -- A (C, A)
Liberty Elem. -- A (C, A)
Jackson Elem. -- A (A, A)
Yost Elem. -- A (C, A)
Discovery Charter School -- A (A, B)
St. Patrick School -- A (A, A)
High Schools in Porter County
Valparaiso -- A (A, C)
Portage -- A (A, C)
Boone Grove -- A (B, A)
Hebron -- A (A, C)
Wheeler -- A (A, C)
Morgan Twp. -- B (A, A)
Washington Twp. -- A (B, A)
Kouts -- B (B, B)