LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Most southern Indiana school corporations earned B grades in accountability scores for the 2017-18 school year released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education.

School officials at two of those corporations, New Albany Floyd County and West Clark, say the scores reflect the work they’ve done to ensure their students are successful in the classroom.

“When 13 of 14 of our schools are an A or a B, we feel like we’re strong in performance and growth,” said Sally Jensen, director of assessment and student information for the New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation.

West Clark Community Schools led southern Indiana school districts with an 89.2 score, while New Albany Floyd County was tied for second place with an 88. All schools in West Clark earned A or B grades, accountability results show.

“We are extremely excited with the results,” said Clemen Perez-Lloyd, West Clark’s interim superintendent. “We understand that what has been put into practice in our curriculum is working.”

West Clark and New Albany Floyd County were among the 14 southern Indiana school corporations that received B grades in the accountability assessment. Seven districts earned C grades, and another four are appealing their scores.

Of the 134 schools in southern Indiana, nearly half earned B grades while 17 percent received A scores. Nearly a quarter received Cs while nine earned Ds and two got Fs. Three schools are currently appealing their accountability grades.

Throughout Indiana, about 64 percent of schools earned A or B grades.

“Our current accountability grades are an indication of the great education Indiana students are receiving,” Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said in a statement. “Our work is paying off and as a Department we will continue to partner with dedicated stakeholders to ensure every school and every student is successful.”

The scores are largely based on student performance on state assessments and year-to-year growth, though high schools are also scored on other factors like graduation rates and transition readiness.

School officials say they’ll use this year’s accountability scores in developing strategies to boost student achievement and hopefully improve scores for the current school year.

Perez-Lloyd said West Clark has already incorporated instructional coaches and set literacy goals for its students, both of which have been in place for about three years.

The task now, she said, is using the fresh accountability data to identify clusters of struggling students and develop ways to boost their achievement.

“To me, evaluating the data to guide instruction is going to be one of the primary steps,” Perez-Lloyd said.

Jensen echoed that sentiment. She said the accountability results are pivotal in identifying students’ needs.

“We’ll look at the student’s performance, and we’ll look at their growth, and we’ll come up with a plan for that student,” Jensen said. “I can say that this is but one measure in so many different measures that we look at to try to identify those student needs.”

“We feel like our core instruction is very solid, and so it’s a matter of figuring out what the needs of each individual student are to try to make that match,” she added.

Here’s how southern Indiana school corporations and schools performed in the 2017-18 accountability assessments (school corporation names bolded):

New Albany Floyd County

  • Overall: 88 (B)
  • New Albany Senior High School: 86.3 (B)
  • Georgetown Elementary School: 92.6 (A)
  • Floyd Central High School: 94.2 (A)
  • Highland Hills Middle School: 92.6 (A)
  • Hazelwood Middle School: 74.4 (C)
  • Nathaniel Scribner Middle School: 81.9 (B)
  • Slate Run Elementary School: 84.4 (B)
  • Fairmont Elementary School: 85.2 (B)
  • Greenville Elementary School: 92.8 (A)
  • Grant Line Elementary School: 86.8 (B)
  • Green Valley Elementary School: 89.1 (B)
  • Floyds Knobs Elementary School: 101.1 (A)
  • Mount Tabor Elementary School: 83.4 (B)
  • S Ellen Jones Elementary School: 82.8 (B)

Clarksville Community

  • Overall: 84.4 (B)
  • Clarksville Senior High School: 81.8 (B)
  • Clarksville Elementary School: 92.8 (A)
  • Clarksville Middle School: 84.5 (B)

Greater Clark County

  • Overall: 83.1 (B)
  • W E Wilson Elementary: 73.5 (C)
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary School: 81.6 (B)
  • Northaven Elementary School: 83.1 (B)
  • Utica Elementary School: 94.7 (A)
  • New Washington Elementary School: 85.7 (B)
  • New Washington Middle/High School: 94.6 (A)
  • Charlestown Senior High School: 90.7 (A)
  • Jonathan Jennings Elementary School: 83.5 (B)
  • Pleasant Ridge Elementary School: 81.7 (B)
  • Jeffersonville High School: 86.7 (B)
  • Parkview Middle School: 83.3 (B)
  • Charlestown Middle School: 80.3 (B)
  • Bridgepoint Elementary School: 70.3 (C)
  • Maple Elementary School: 63.6 (D)
  • Riverside Elementary School: 75.4 (C)
  • Spring Hill Elementary School: 70.3 (C)
  • Parkwood Elementary School: 71.8 (C)
  • River Valley Middle School: 68.4 (D)

West Clark

  • Overall: 89.2 (B)
  • Henryville Junior and Senior High School: 86.4 (B)
  • Henryville Elementary School: 83.8 (B)
  • Silver Creek High School: 87.5 (B)
  • Silver Creek Middle School: 91.4 (A)
  • Silver Creek Elementary School: 84 (B)
  • William W Borden High School: 92.5 (A)
  • William W Borden Elementary School: 98.8 (A)
  • Silver Creek Primary School: 84 (B)

South Harrison

  • Overall: 88 (B)
  • Corydon Central High School: 95.9 (A)
  • Corydon Central Jr High School: 83.8 (B)
  • Corydon Elementary School: 88.6 (B)
  • New Middletown Elementary School: 89.2 (B)
  • Heth-Washington Elementary School: 90.7 (A)
  • Corydon Intermediate School: 85.6 (B)
  • South Central Elementary: 98.4 (A)
  • South Central Junior and Senior High School: 78.1 (C)

North Harrison

  • Overall: 84.9 (B)
  • Morgan Elementary School: 97.9 (A)
  • North Harrison Middle School: 78.4 (C)
  • North Harrison High School: 89.8 (B)
  • North Harrison Elementary School: 76.4 (C)

Lanesville

  • Overall: 87.9 (B)
  • Lanesville Elementary School: 86 (B)
  • Lanesville Junior-Senior High School: 88.8 (B)

East Washington

  • Overall: 79.3 (C)
  • East Washington Elementary School: 85.5 (B)
  • Eastern High School: 80.9 (B)
  • East Washington Middle School: 75.8 (C)

West Washington

  • Overall: 85.3 (B)
  • West Washington Junior-Senior High School: 84.8 (B)
  • West Washington Elementary School: 86.6 (B)

Salem

  • Overall: 74 (C)
  • Salem High School: 82.8 (B)
  • Salem Middle School: 64.4 (D)
  • Bradie Shrum Elementary: 74 (C)

Crawford County

  • Overall: 82.5 (B)
  • South Crawford Elementary School: 70.8 (C)
  • West Crawford Elementary School: 88.9 (B)
  • Crawford County High School: 82.7 (B)
  • Crawford County Middle School: 84 (B)
  • East Crawford Elementary School: 79 (C)

Paoli

  • Overall: 81.7 (B)
  • Paoli Junior and Senior High School: 86.7 (B)
  • Throop Elementary School: 73 (C)

Springs Valley

  • Overall: 76 (C)
  • Springs Valley High School: 74.8 (C)
  • Springs Valley Elementary School: 80.7 (B)

Orleans

  • Overall: 86.7 (B)
  • Orleans Junior-Senior High School: 89.6 (B)
  • Orleans Elementary School: 82.9 (B)

Mitchell

  • Overall: 78.2 (C)
  • Burris Elementary School: 71.6 (C)
  • Hatfield Elementary School: 71.6 (C)
  • Mitchell Jr High School: 77.1 (C)
  • Mitchell High School: 82.9 (B)

North Lawrence

  • Overall: 78 (C)
  • Fayetteville Elementary School: 89.1 (B)
  • Needmore Elementary School: 65.1 (D)
  • Springville Elementary School: 69.9 (D)
  • Heltonville Elementary School: 81.6 (B)
  • Oolitic Middle School: 68.5 (D)
  • Dollens Elementary School: 68.1 (D)
  • Shawswick Elementary School: 80.9 (B)
  • Shawswick Middle School: 74.6 (C)
  • Bedford Middle School: 62.7 (D)
  • Lincoln Elementary School: 92.4 (A)
  • Bedford-North Lawrence High School: 87.7 (B)
  • Parkview Primary School: 77.2 (C)
  • Stalker Elementary School: 69.9 (D)
  • Parkview Intermediate School: 77.2 (C)

Medora

  • Overall: Appealed
  • Medora Junior and Senior High School: Appealed
  • Medora Elementary School: 48.6 (F)

Brownstown

  • Overall: Appealed
  • Brownstown Central Middle School: 75.9 (C)
  • Brownstown Central High School: 92.5 (A)
  • Brownstown Elementary School: Appealed

Seymour

  • Overall: 83.5 (B)
  • Cortland Elementary School: 115.4 (A)
  • Seymour Senior High School: 89 (B)
  • Margaret R Brown Elementary School: 72.9 (C)
  • Seymour Middle School: 77.3 (C)
  • Emerson Elementary School: 80.2 (B)
  • Seymour-Jackson Elementary School: 81.6 (B)
  • Seymour-Redding Elementary School: 87.6 (B)

Crothersville

  • Overall: 71.6 (C)
  • Crothersville Junior-Senior High School: 79 (C)
  • Crothersville Elementary School: 56.8 (F)

Jennings County

  • Overall: 82.9 (B)
  • Jennings County High School: 85.9 (B)
  • Sand Creek Elementary School: 83.8 (B)
  • Scipio Elementary School: 87.8 (B)
  • Graham Creek Elementary School: 100.5 (A)
  • Hayden Elementary School: 81.6 (B)
  • Brush Creek Elementary School: 93.2 (A)
  • Jennings County Middle School: 72 (C)
  • North Vernon Elementary School: 81.8 (B)

Scott County 1

  • Overall: 78.2 (C)
  • Austin High School: 83.8 (B)
  • Austin Elementary School: 78.2 (C)
  • Austin Middle School: 71.3 (C)

Scott County 2

  • Overall: 81.1 (B)
  • Johnson Elementary School: 95.6 (A)
  • Lexington Elementary School: 81.3 (B)
  • Scottsburg Senior High School: 80.1 (B)
  • Scottsburg Middle School: 79.2 (C)
  • Scottsburg Elem School: 84.3 (B)
  • Vienna-Finley Elementary School: 80.6 (B)

Madison

  • Overall: Appealed
  • Deputy Elementary School: 96.4 (A)
  • Madison Consolidated High School: 81.7 (B)
  • Madison Consolidated Junior High School: Appealed
  • Rykers' Ridge Elementary School: 72.6 (C)
  • Lydia Middleton Elementary School: 86.4 (B)
  • Emery O Muncie Elementary School: 70.6 (C)

Southwest Jefferson

  • Overall: Appealed
  • Southwestern High School: 84.1 (B)
  • Southwestern Elementary School: 70.7 (C)
  • Southwestern Middle School: 71.8 (C)

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