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State board issues school grades


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.

The data shows nine EVSC schools received failing grades:  Caze, Delaware, and Dexter elementary schools, McGary Middle School, Evans School, Cedar Hall Community School, Glenwood Leadership Academy, the Academy for Innovative Studies, and Lodge Community School.

The Warrick County, North Posey, Mt. Vernon and North Spencer school corporations received A’s.

South Spencer schools got a B.

East, North, and South Gibson school corporations, along with North Knox, South Knox, and Vincennes Community schools also received a B.

Many Catholic schools in the Evansville Diocese received A’s, including Mater Dei and Memorial high schools. None of the Catholic schools received a grade lower than C.

The state board issued the grades after approving a $43 million contract with a Washington D.C.-based company to create, implement, and grade a new test that will replace the ISTEP exams.

American Institutes for Research will design the new test starting with spring 2019 exams called ILEARN, or Indiana's Learning Evaluation Readiness Network.