Two FWCS schools named Exemplary - May 06, 2009

Record Number: 5066
Displayed from: May 06, 2009 , until: May 31, 2009

Irwin and Washington elementary schools were designated as Exemplary under Indiana's accountability system, Public Law 221. State officials released the rankings today. Croninger Elementary earned Commendable status, and Lincoln, Northcrest and Waynedale elementary schools reached Academic Progress. Public Law 221 (PL221) 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 for two consecutive years under the federal system. "We know where our work is starting to pay off, and we know where we still have a ways to go," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "Our staff and our students are working hard every day to meet the state and federal goals as well as the goals we establish for ourselves." District officials have been working to redesign the high schools as well as the programs that help students needing additional reading support from kindergarten through 12th grade. With the help of the federal stimulus money, the district is establishing a consistent system of assisting students and providing coaches for teachers at every grade level. "We will continue to focus on educating all students to high standards," Dr. Robinson said. "We are confident that with focused determination and precise teaching methods, all of our students will reach their highest potential."

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.