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December 21, 2013

Goshen schools make A-F grade gains

GOSHEN — New school grades through the state’s controversial A-F grading system were released Friday afternoon following a meeting of the State Board of Education, demonstrating what appears to be an upward trend in school performance statewide.

According to the board, 938 Indiana schools received an A grade for 2013, up from 856 in 2012; a total of 451 schools earned a B, up from 420 in 2012; a total of 372 schools earned a C, down from 425 in 2012; a total of 209 schools received a D, down from 242 in 2012; and a total of 112 schools received an F, down from 144 in 2012.

Goshen Community Schools

Over at Goshen Community Schools, the corporation received more gains than losses when it comes to grade improvements for the 2012-2013 school year.

Four of the corporation’s nine schools saw improvements in their grades, two saw no change from their 2012 grades, and three schools saw a drop in their grades from 2012.

“The A-F grades for GCS show some significant gains and thus we are pleased with the growth that was realized,” said GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth following the release of the grades Friday afternoon. “However, we acknowledge that there is still much work to do in order to build on this growth to continue to raise student achievement. We will do this work while maintaining our commitment to developing the whole child and to providing excellence and quality for all Goshen students.”

Goshen Middle School showed a particularly impressive increase this year, jumping from an F in 2012 to a C for 2013. Both Prairie View and West Goshen elementary schools also turned out good performances, with both jumping from a D in 2012 to a B for 2013. While other schools within the corporation did see decreases in their grades from the previous year, Chamberlain Elementary jumped out as perhaps the most drastic, dropping from a D in 2012 to an F for 2013.

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