Wawasee High School was among 313 schools statewide to be named a Four Star School for the 2011-12 academic year. Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, announced the Four Star Schools Monday.
Each year, the Indiana Department of Education recognizes schools that perform in the upper 25th percentile of schools in performance on ISTEP+ and state exams, as well as their rating determined by the national No Child Left Behind statue’s adequate yearly progress, more often known as AYP.
Specifically for high schools, the percentages of sophomores passing the ECA exams for English 10 and Algebra I are combined to create a passing percentage. Also taken into consideration is the percentage of students who passed both English 10 and Algebra I exams (not just one exam).
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the metrics for award qualification were adjusted and simplified.
“I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” Ritz said. “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations.”