October 4, 2008

Local Schools Get 4-Star Rank

By JOHN MARTIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or [email protected]

Scott Elementary School and Signature School are among 179 Indiana public schools bestowed with the Indiana Department of Education's highest honor for 2007.

Many other schools in the region, including three in Posey County, three in Gibson County and two in Warrick County, also were honored.

Four Star School Awards honor excellence on both attendance rates and performance on ISTEP.

To be recognized, schools must perform in the top 25 percent of all Indiana schools in student attendance, mathematics ISTEP scores, language arts ISTEP

scores and the percent of students passing both the language arts and math sections of ISTEP.

The award doesn't come with money, just a certificate and pride.

"I'm proud as I can be, just thrilled," said Jane Bartley, Scott Elementary School's former principal, who this year became a member of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. School Intervention Team.

Scott "has a real high level of expectations," Bartley said. "We call it a habit of excellence. It's kind of like the assumption kids are going to perform."

Signature School, which was Indiana's first charter high school, has collected numerous honors, including placement on Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report lists of elite high schools and the National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

"We are pleased to recognize 179 Indiana schools for their exceptionally high performance," said Suellen Reed, state superintendent for public instruction. "We would also like to acknowledge the work of those schools that were fractions of a point away from this honor and applaud them for their efforts. We encourage all Hoosier schools to continue in their endeavors to boost student success."

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2007 Indiana Four Star Schools

n Signature School

n Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.: Scott Elementary School

n Warrick County School Corp.: John H. Castle Elementary School and Lynnville Elementary School

n Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon: Marrs Elementary School and West Elementary School

n North Posey School Corp.: North Posey Middle School

n South Gibson School Corp.: Haubstadt Community School and Gibson Southern High School

n East Gibson School Corp.: Barton Township Elementary School

n North Spencer School Corp.: David Turnham Educational Center, Nancy Hanks Elementary School, Heritage Hills High School, Heritage Hills Middle School and Lincoln Trail Elementary School

n Northeast Dubois School Corp.: Dubois Middle School and Northeast Dubois High School

n Southeast Dubois School Corp.: Ferdinand Elementary School, Forest Park Junior-Senior High School and Cedar Crest Intermediate School

n Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools: Ireland Elementary School and Jasper High School

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