INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Indiana school districts receiving top state ratings dropped sharply following lower student scores on the revised ISTEP standardized exam.
About 8 percent of school districts received an A grade under ratings approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education. That’s down from the 46 percent of Indiana’s 289 districts receiving an A rating last year.
The biggest jump was in districts receiving B ratings. Nearly 61 percent got that grade, up from 32 percent last year. Twenty-nine percent of districts received C grades.
Five districts received D ratings, with the only F going to the Gary Community Schools.
In Allen County, Southwest, Northwest and East Allen County Schools each earned B grades. Fort Wayne Community Schools received a C grade.
No school corporation in Northeast Indiana received an A grade.
The percentage of students passing the ISTEP’s language arts and math sections dropped by double digits under a revamp after Indiana withdrew from national Common Core standards in 2014.
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