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State Grading Says EVSC Schools Improve, but Many Still Failing

13 schools in the EVSC improved on their score last year and only one school dropped a grade. However nine schools received an "F" grade, which is more than Fort Wayne and South Bend schools combined.
In the EVSC 13 schools improved on last year's grade, while only one school dropped a letter grade. Some are encouraged by the improvement, however 9 schools received an "F."

EVSC Grade Breakdown

A's: 5
B's: 8
C's: 9
D's: 4
F's: 9

13 schools in the EVSC improved
Two schools jumped three grades, Helfrich Park STEM Academy went from an F-B, Tekoppel Elementary School went from a D-A. Harper Elementary School and New Tech Institute both improved D's to B's. North Junior High School, Fairlawn Elementary School, Stockwell Elementary School, and Daniel Wertz Elementary School all improved F's to C's.

"A lot of hardwork went into it, it wasn't just one year's work it was a culmination of a lot of years work." Sally Bagby was principal at Tekoppel Elementary School for eight years. She says teaching on the individual level improved scores. "Really watching students, analyzing that data, and then making sure each child gets what they need has really been a big push."

However nine EVSC schools received failing grades and it's not the first time for any of them. "I'm not satisfied with where we are at this particular junction, but i'm incredible optimistic about our momentum and where we will be in the very near future," said Superintendent of the EVSC Dr. David Smith. Poverty is commonly associated with struggling schools, but Dr. Smith says he's not using that as an excuse. "When you come from poverty it doesn't make you a bad kid at all it just means you may not have some of the advantages or be exposed to some of the other things other students are exposed to."

One school in the EVSC declined
Perry Heights Middle School dropped from a C to a D. There were also nine schools that failed, several for consecutive years. Caze Elementary School has received an F for four straight years. Lincoln School and McGary Middle School have received an F for five straight years, and Glenwood Elementary received an F for six straight years.

Four EVSC Schools Maintain A's
Oak Hill has received an A for two straight years. Cynthia Heights, Scott Elementary, Highland Elementary all received an A for four straight years.

Private Schools in Evansville Score Well
A's: 11
B's: 3
C's: 0
D's: 2
F's: 0

A's are a Habit
10 of the 11 schools that scored an A have received that score for at least the last three years.

Several Schools Drop a Grade
Christ The King, Holy Rosary, and Evansville Lutheran dropped from an A to a B, while St. Theresa dropped from a B to a D, and Holy Spirit dropped from a C to a D.
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