WARSAW — The Indiana Department of Education released the school letter grades early this week based on the 2015-2016 ISTEP testing.
Lincoln Elementary received an A.
Claypool Elementary School, Eisenhower Elementary School, Harrison Elementary School, Leesburg Elementary School, Warsaw Community High School, Edgewood Middle School, Washington Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School received Bs.
Madison Elementary School received a C.
Lakeview Middle School received the lowest grade in the district by receiving a D.
Warsaw Community Schools released the following statement after the letter grades were released:
“On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the state of Indiana released school letter grades directly derived from the state standardized ISTEP test. The 2015-2016 ISTEP test has been greatly debated at the state level, including the potential of ending the ISTEP test. Other proposed changes are being discussed by both the Indiana Department of Education and the state legislature to provide validity of the test, measuring student growth more effectively, the return local control along with limiting standardized testing.
Warsaw Community Schools is thankful for the hard work in preparing for the ISTEP test from students, teachers, parents and community members. While many concerning issues exist with the ISTEP test and current measures, there were many bright spots. WCS was nationally recognized this past year for a graduation rate over 90 percent, $1.4 million of dual/AP credit earned, cutting edge STEM curriculum, the addition of dual immersion program and curriculum that incorporates student goal setting along with community service.
WCS is committed to staying on the cutting edge of public education. Standardized test scores provide data for continued improvement. Our school administrators and teachers will utilize last year’s data in preparation and refinement for the 2016-2017 spring ISTEP test.”