Four Westfield schools – Westfield Middle School, Maple Glen Elementary, Oak Trace Elementary, Shamrock Springs Elementary – have earned the state’s 2009-10 Four School Award.
“We’re pleased that four of our schools have received this recognition, but at the same time, after analyzing the data, that four of our other schools were within either one, or two students of qualifying for the recognition,” said Dr. Mark Keen, Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent. “Those staffs also deserve praise for their efforts.”
“This recognition is the result of teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents and the community working together,” Keen added.
The Indiana Department of Education released the list of 2009-10 Four Star Schools, following the creation of a new, easy to understand method of qualifying for the statewide honor. Out of 1,808 public schools, 188 were given this distinction.
Following numerous inquiries and recommendations from educators regarding what were confusing calculations for the Four Star Schools program, the IDOE’s Office of Accreditation created new benchmarks for the program.
These new requirements, which were used to determine the 2009-10 honorees, establish the 25th percentile cut score for combined passing percentages for English/Language Arts and Mathematics as well as the percent of students passing both for all grades tested. Schools that rank in the top 25th percentile for each grade tested and each of these categories and have made AYP qualify for the Four Star School Award. Additionally, the attendance rate is addressed through AYP verification.
“Today I offer sincere congratulations to Indiana’s 2009-10 Four Star Schools as we celebrate their dedication to academics,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “These schools set high expectations for their students on a daily basis, and as a result, students work hard and exceed those expectations. The students and teachers in these schools should be extremely proud of this honor, and I am confident they will continue down this path of success.”