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December 20, 2013

West Vigo Elementary goes from assessment basement to penthouse

State Board of Education approves A-F placements today

TERRE HAUTE — West Vigo Elementary School has gone from an F last year to an A this year under the 2013 PL 221 category placement system, district officials say.

Vigo County’s three major high schools — Terre Haute North Vigo, South Vigo and West Vigo — all achieved an A grade, as well, this year.

Twenty schools in the Vigo County School Corp. received an A or B in the category placements, compared to 17 schools last year, according to school officials.

“We are very pleased to have more schools this year in the A and B category and we are extremely pleased to have all three of our large high schools in the A category,” said Karen Goeller, VCSC deputy superintendent. “It’s very exciting to see that kind of performance.”

The State Board of Education approved statewide grades at its meeting Friday. The grades have become increasingly important in recent years, being used to determine teacher pay, school funding and the potential for state takeover.

Eleven schools in the district joined the aforementioned four in the A category: (elementary) Sugar Creek Consolidated, Dixie Bee, Farrington Grove , Franklin, Fuqua, Hoosier Prairie, Lost Creek, Rio Grande, Riley, Sugar Grove and Terre Town.

Five schools are in the B category: Davis Park, Deming, DeVaney and Fayette elementary schools, as well as Honey Creek Middle School.

One school is in the C category, Ouabache Elementary.

Four schools are in the D category: Meadows Elementary, Otter Creek Middle School, West Vigo Middle School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

Sarah Scott Middle School is in the F category.

The two alternative schools, Booker T. Washington and McLean Education Center, did not receive grades.

This year, Davis Park, Franklin and Terre Town elementary schools as well as West Vigo High School all increased two letter grades. West Vigo Elementary improved four grade levels.

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