North Side and South Side Post Gains; Meet State Expectations - July 22, 2011

Record Number: 7666
Displayed from: Jul 22, 2011 , until: Aug 22, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools' North Side and South Side High Schools posted gains and met state expectations in student performance improvement under the Indiana Public Law 221 guidelines. This means that Indiana State Board of Education intervention options no longer apply to either school. "It is gratifying to see the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and parents pay off in such an important way," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "Our intense focus on improving instruction and achievement for every student is showing in the gains we are making. While we are not where we want to be yet, this improvement shows that our LEAD School process is working, and we plan to implement the best practices in all of our schools in the upcoming school year." Student scores for End of Course Exams, combined with improvement in scores, would have placed North Side and South Side in the A, or Exemplary, category under PL 221, but because the schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2010 under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act, the schools were placed in the C, or Academic Progress, category. "This is about district-wide improvement, from the Board room to the classroom," Dr. Robinson said. "Our results represent more than test scores -- they reflect the structures and processes we have put in place to ensure continuous improvement. We will actively continue the FWCS Reform Agenda, with the goal of never having a school in the bottom state category again. It is our moral purpose to educate all students to high standards, and we intend to achieve it."

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.