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December 22, 2013

Local supers react to A-to-F grade

Columbia Elem grade jumped from F to B

Columbia Elementary’s state-issued school grade has increased to a B from its devastating F issued in 2012.

Teachers and staff felt defeated after the F grade, but Michele Starkey, superintendent of Logansport Community School Corp., said she was thrilled with the higher grade.

“It’s a boost of confidence for our teachers and staff members — they work so hard,” Starkey said.

Starkey said she is also thrilled Logansport High School received an A after the C grade given in 2012, she said.

She attributes the grade to the focused effort and increased opportunities offered by the staff at the high school.

There was a decline in the seventh grade at Columbia Middle School and sixth grade at Lincoln Middle school, but neither schools had points taken away for low growth, Starkey said.

Columbia Middle School’s D grade decreased from a C grade in 2012 and Lincoln Middle School maintained a C grade.

Staff members have been looking at student data and focusing on areas that need improvement.

“Everyone is on the same page, we have good schools doing great things just to improve,” Starkey said.

Franklin, Fairview and Landis Elementary schools also received A grades.

Some administrators weren’t as pleased with letter grade results.

Caston Elementary’s D grade, equal to its grade issued in 2012, may have been influenced by the serious testing interruptions during ISTEP+ assessment last spring, according to Caston Schools interim Superintendent Cindy Douglass.

Douglass, who until this fall was principal at Caston Elementary, said she had appealed the grade and was disappointed.

“We had one grade level that impacted us significantly enough that it took our letter grade from a B to a D,” Douglass said. That grade level experienced significant test disruptions, ending with 9 percent of the ISTEP+ scores -- the scores of five students -- being pulled out.

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