FWCS is Exemplary, makes AYP for second straight year - July 26, 2011

Record Number: 7668
Displayed from: Jul 26, 2011 , until: Oct 31, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools has made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines for the second consecutive year, taking the district out of correction action for the first time in six years. Academic gains made over the last two years also earned FWCS Exemplary status under the Indiana's accountability law, Public Law 221. Exemplary is the highest status awarded and can only be achieved by making AYP. "While we have never allowed labels to define who we are and what we do, we are proud of the work being done in each of our buildings to reach these milestones," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "The reforms we started several years ago, including adding full-day kindergarten in all schools, making sure our teachers are well-trained and tailoring instruction for each student's needs, are truly making a difference in academic achievement. These results show that we are following our moral purpose: Educating all children to high standards." Preliminary results, based on data from the 2010-11 school year and results from the spring 2011 ISTEP+ exams, show that FWCS met either the identified targets or safe harbor for the district as a whole as well as for individual subgroups. The preliminary results also show that 22 schools made AYP with others being examined to determine if appeals will be made. Because FWCS made AYP in 2010 and 2011 and posted significant gains on the spring 2011 ISTEP+ exams, it reached Exemplary status in the state's rankings. "Our staff members, students, parents, the Board of School Trustees and the community all played a role in getting us to this point," Dr. Robinson said. "We will continue to push on, working just as hard as we have in recent years to ensure that all of our students are 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.