Three area schools have been named Four Star Schools by the Indiana Department of Education.
Greenville and Floyds Knobs Elementary schools and Highland Hills Middle School near Georgetown, all part of the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp., were among those recognized by the IDOE. Out of 1,780 public schools, 162 earned the distinction. Eleven of 238 non-public schools also received the honor.
"I am extremely proud of our students, teachers and leadership teams at Floyds Knobs Elementary, Greenville Elementary and Highland Hills Middle School for their efforts in earning Four Star status," NAFCS Superintendent Dr. Bruce Hibbard said.
In making the announcement last week, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said, "Today serves as an opportunity to recognize the great work of educators throughout Indiana.
"These schools encourage a culture of high expectations for their students. The students and educators who meet these expectations on a daily basis should be extremely proud of this honor."
To be considered a Four Star School, a school's combined English 10 and Algebra 1 End of Course Assessment, or English/Language Arts and Math ISTEP+, passing percentages must fall into the top 25th percentile when compared to schools statewide. A school must also have made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act to qualify.
IDOE reviewed data for non-public schools and included the top non-public schools as honorees. Public schools and non-public schools had separate cut scores and were compared only to like schools. This means public schools were only compared to other public schools, and non-public schools were only compared to other non-public schools. The calculations were completely independent of one another.
For a list of all the 2010-11 Four Star Schools, go to www2.doe.in.gov/student-services/accreditation/four-star-schools.