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Many Indiana school districts see state A-F ratings drop

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:57 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — The number of Indiana school districts receiving top state ratings dropped sharply following lower student scores on the revised ISTEP standardized exam.

About 8 percent of school districts received an A grade under ratings approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education. That's down from the 46 percent of Indiana's 289 districts receiving an A rating last year.

The biggest jump was in districts receiving B ratings. Nearly 61 percent got that grade, up from 32 percent last year. Twenty-nine percent of districts received C grades.

Locally, all four major Allen County school districts saw their overall state grades go down. Fort Wayne Community schools went from a B grade for the 2014-15 school year to a C grade in 2015-16. Northwest Allen County Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools and East Allen County Schools all had their overall grades drop from an A to a B.

Five districts received D ratings, with the only F going to the Gary Community Schools.

The percentage of students passing the ISTEP's language arts and math sections dropped by double digits under a revamp after Indiana withdrew from national Common Core standards in 2014.

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