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December 21, 2013

Goshen schools make A-F grade gains

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A breakdown of the corporation’s grades by individual school is as follows:

• Goshen Middle School — C, up from an F in 2012

• Model Elementary School — D, down from a C in 2012

• Waterford Elementary School — D, no change from 2012

• Goshen High School — B, up from a C in 2012

• Chamberlain Elementary School — F, down from a D in 2012

• Chandler Elementary School — D, down from a C in 2012

• Parkside Elementary School — B, no change from 2012

• Prairie View Elementary School — B, up from a D in 2012

• West Goshen Elementary School — B, up from a D in 2012

For her part, Woodworth said she includes herself among a growing number of educators across the state who feel the A-F system does not accurately reflect what is happening at their schools when it comes to actual student growth and achievement.

“Our children are our community’s greatest treasure, and as such, Goshen Community Schools is truly committed to quality and excellence in all we do,” Woodworth said. “We believe that GCS has many outstanding programs for students and has achieved recognition in the past that is deserving, such as Goshen High School’s standing published in the US News and World Reports in 2012 which ranked GHS 12th in the state of Indiana using a more comprehensive metric.

“Therefore, we will continue to strive for improvement in student achievement, while maintaining our commitment to overall excellence and quality in all programs for our students,” Woodworth continued. “The school district appreciates the support we receive from the entire Goshen community.”

A-F Origins

The origins of the A-F grading system date back to 1999 when Indiana adopted school accountability measurements. With the passage of Public Law 221, the State Board of Education began rating schools based primarily on ISTEP standardized test scores.

At that time, schools were “graded” using the terms Exemplary, Commendable, Academic Progress, Academic Watch and Academic Probation. For those schools with six consecutive years on probation, the state board had the ability to shut a school down or turn it over to a private operator.

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