State board issues school grades

Oct 4, 2017

Grades for schools in southwestern Indiana vary from A to F. WNIN’s John Gibson took a look at the data.

The State Board of Education gave the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation a “C” for the 2016-2017 school year, based on ISTEP scores.

Five individual public schools received A’s:  Oak Hill, Scott, and Stockwell elementary schools, and both Central and North high schools.

USI reports rising enrollment

Sep 19, 2017

USI is touting an increase in freshmen and graduate students as it announces higher enrollment numbers.


The University of Southern Indiana says its total enrollment is up 340 students from last academic year to 11,033.

That number includes more than 2,000 high school students who are enrolled in USI’s College Achievement Program -- or CAP -- in 27 high schools across Indiana, as well as graduate students.

A news release from USI says masters and doctoral program enrollment stands at more than 1,300 – a 22.5% increase over last year.

Under a new federal education law thousands of Indiana diplomas known as general diplomas would no longer count for a school’s graduation rate.

As a result, Indiana could see its statewide graduation rate drop from 89 percent to 76 percent, based on 2016 data.

Now Indiana’s Congressional delegation wants the federal education department to give the state more time to prepare before that change takes effect.

Three Indianapolis high schools and a middle school will close next year as part of a far-reaching academic overhaul approved Monday by the city school board in the face of declining enrollment.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found supporters and skeptics during a half-day trip to urban and rural Indiana schools Friday for the final day of her national back to school tour.

DeVos sought to draw attention to innovative curriculum and teaching methods at stops at charter school classrooms in Gary and Indianapolis before attended a high school football game here in rural Hancock County east of Indianapolis.