Lincoln makes big jump as state announces accountability grades

Huntington County’s schools either remained the same in their state accountability grades or went down a grade, with the exception of Lincoln Elementary School, which went from an F in 2016-17 to a C for this past school year.
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) made the 2017-18 grades public Wednesday, Nov. 14, with the Huntington County Community School Corporation receiving an overall grade of B.

Grades for Andrews Elementary, Roanoke Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Crestview Middle School and Huntington North High School all stayed the same, with all receiving Bs for the past year.

Salamonie Elementary, Flint Springs Elementary and Huntington Catholic School went down a letter grade, from B to a C for each school. Likewise, Riverview Middle School lost its A rating, dropping to a B while Lancaster Elementary dropped from a B to a D.

Lincoln was the only school that showed improvement in the district. No HCCSC school received an A grade for 2017-18.

Next year, the scores will reflect accountability for Horace Mann Elementary, while the closing of Northwest and Lancaster elementary schools will remove them from the list.

Local school officials are disappointed by the report, but Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty says the recent closing of the two elementary schools and the reopening of another likely played a part in the shakeup.

“We were not too happy about some of our schools going down a letter grade. It was a transition year with a lot of things that were going on last year with redistricting both at Northwest and at Lancaster, and a lot of those teachers and a lot of uncertainty with what was going to happen with those two buildings. Obviously that comes a little bit into play,” he says. “The big thing is we’re really trying to break down and see the data where some of our students didn’t perform as well.”

Early in 2018, HCCSC brought in a consultant to look at the corporation’s data, as part of forming a school improvement plan for each of the district’s schools.

“That’s talking about professional development, data and then trying to figure out what is our plan of attack,” Daugherty says. “That’s going to be each building working their plan to try to improve. That’s where we’re at at this point.”

During the district’s Flex Day learning planned for Dec. 4, Daugherty says teachers and administrators will take advantage of the day to participate in IDOE and Region 8 workshops. Goals include learning the ins and outs of the new ILEARN online test that students in third through fifth grade will now be required to take.

“What we’re going to be looking at is the degree of difficulty and the cognitive complexity of a lot of the questions. Each grade level – for example – all third-grade teachers will get together across the district,” he adds. “This allows our teachers to meet in one place and able to collaborate and talk about best practices, talk about curriculum and talk about assessment that they’re going to be using in their classrooms, to hopefully prepare for this high-stakes test.”

Statewide, roughly 22 percent of schools improved one or more letter grades, with nearly 9 percent improving their letter grade to an A. Overall, close to 64 percent of schools received an A or B.

“Our current accountability grades are an indication of the great education Indiana students are receiving,” stated Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction. “Our work is paying off and as a department we will continue to partner with dedicated stakeholders to ensure every school and every student is successful.”

For a complete list of the 2017-2018 School Accountability Grades, visit:

On a different subject, the IDOE has also released the 2018-19 fall Average Daily Membership (ADM) counts. HCCSC’s count was 5,006.83 students, based on the school-wide enrollment that took place Sept. 15. The number will be used for basic and complexity grant funding for the 2018-19 school year.