More FWCS schools reach top PL 221 categories - April 02, 2008
Record Number: 3992
Displayed from: Apr 02, 2008 , until: May 02, 2008
Nearly 25 percent more Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings reached the top three categories this year under Indiana's accountability system. Twenty-one schools reached Academic Progress, Commendable or Exemplary status, up from 17 last year. Five schools – Croninger, Holland, Irwin, St. Joseph Central and Washington elementary schools – were designated as Exemplary. That is one more than last year. "We are excited to see more of our schools moving into the highest categories of the state's ranking system," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "These placements reflect the hard work going on in our schools every day." Public Law 221 determines a school's rating based on how students perform on ISTEP+ as well as how much a school improved from one year to the next. The measurement is also tied to a school's performance under No Child Left Behind. Regardless of how much improvement a school made under PL221, a school can place no higher than Academic Progress if it does not make Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB. While there is an improvement in the number of FWCS schools moving up in the state rankings, there is still room to improve, Dr. Robinson said. "Our work is never done," Dr. Robinson said. "Clearly, we have schools that we need to continue to work with to intensify improvements in student achievement. With the systems we have in place, and the restructuring we are planning at the high schools, we are confident that we can help all of our students be successful."
With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.