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Indiana Department Of Education Announces 2017 Gold Star Schools
Updated September 12, 2017 6:49 AM | Filed under: Education
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2017 Gold Star Schools. The Gold Star designation signifies the school counselor-led steering team has met specific criteria identified for the development of a comprehensive school counseling model.

Earning Gold Stars for the first time were: East Washington Elementary School, in Pekin; White River Valley Elementary School, in Worthington and White River Valley High School in Switz City.

"Receiving the Gold Star designation is evidence of the collaboration it takes among educators and staff for students to be successful," said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. "I want to recognize and commend these schools for understanding the tremendous impact school counselors and school and community members have in helping our students become fully prepared for life beyond high school."

Created in 2004, the Gold Star designation has been awarded to nearly 300 Indiana elementary, middle and high schools. To receive the award, schools undergo a rigorous process to raise student achievement and improve overall student success by creating local school-community advisory groups that review student data, set specific student goals, and commit to maximizing the time and skills of the school counselor. A total of 104 schools received the 2017 designation, of which 22 renewed their Gold Star status.

The official award presentation will take place in November at the Indiana School Counselor Association fall conference.

To view a complete list of recognized schools, please visit: For more information regarding Gold Star designation, please visit:

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