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The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. received nine failing school accountability grades from the Indiana Department of Education, compared to the 15 “Fs” the district received the previous school year. Five EVSC schools were awarded “A” grades. Eight schools received “Bs,” nine “Cs” and four “Ds.” When taking these grades and calculating the GPA (grade point average) for the EVSC the GPA computes to an academic probation level of 1.88
The EVSC schools that got an A were Cynthia Heights Elementary, Highland Elementary, Oak Hill School, Scott School and Tekoppel Elementary.
EVSC’s Glenwood Leadership Academy, which could be in danger of state takeover and was also expected to be a topic of discussion at the board meeting, received its seventh ‘F” in a row proving once and for all that naming a failing school after an elite prep school does not make it an elite prep school.
Other EVSC schools that received failing grades were the Academy for Innovative Studies, Caze Elementary, Dexter Elementary, Evans School, Lincoln School, Lodge Community School, McGary Middle School and Washington Middle School.
The Catholic schools fared much better with both Memorial and Mater Dei getting A’s to lead the diocese schools to a composite GPA of 3.38
Warrick County did even better with a grade card loaded with A’s and a composite score of 3.68
It seemed like the further one got from downtown Evansville the better the scores got with both the EVSC and the other metro area counties culminating in the North Posey District seeing every school get an A for a perfect 4.0.
In the world of private and magnet schools Signature School that is a perennial top ten program in the country, Evansville Christian School, and Evansville Day School all received an A. The Joshua Academy was the lone exception scoring a D.
The other takeaway is that the spending per pupil in the EVSC is significantly higher than it is in any of the other programs proving again that you can’t fix education problems by throwing money at a failing system.
Overall with scores like this the EVSC seems to need to wear a dunce cap while standing in the corner waiting for a good old fashioned spanking. The truly disgusting part of the EVSC’s 1.88 grade is the positive spin that is put onto what is clearly a system that needs to improve to even call itself mediocre. The EVSC like many of the local government entities and affiliates will continue to fail as long as unacceptable performance is celebrated publicly. IS IT TRUE it is time for the EVSC to take a trip to the woodshed.