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Schools Receive Letter Grades From State

Last updated on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

(UNDATED) - Only two of the 19 Lawrence County schools received A’s through Indiana’s letter grade program.

Grades are based in part on ISTEP+ scores in reading/language arts and math and are meant to hold schools accountable for helping all students achieve academic growth and identify under performing schools.

More than 65 percent of Indiana's schools received A's and B's this year.

The controversial grading formula is set to change next year, if policymakers finish their work on the new criteria. Emphasis will be placed on individual student growth rather than overall achievement.

In Lawrence County, the results were split, but none of the 19 graded schools received an F this year. Hatfield and Burris elementary schools in Mitchell were the only two schools that received an A. Both schools received B's in 2011 and 2012, but recorded D's in the two years before that.

In North Lawrence no schools received A's. But several did score about average with B's those schools include:Fayetteville, Springville, Dollens, Lincoln, Bedford North Lawrence and Parkview Primary and Intermediate.

C's were given to Needmore and Shawswick elementary schools and Oolitic, Shawswick and Bedford middle schools.

Only two schools scored below average and they were Heltonville and Stalker each receiving a D.

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