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new ips logoIn a major positive SURPRISE, the Indianapolis Public Schools has improved their overall academic standing according to the State of Indiana.  The Indiana State Board of Education and the Indiana Department of Education awarded IPS an overall District Grade of “D” for the 2013-2014 school year.  The school district’s grades were based upon the performance of all their schools during the last school year. It’s the first time IPS has scored a “D” since the 2009-2010 school year.  For the past three school years IPS had been gr received the poorest school district – an “F”.  However, the past school year IPS made significant increases in the numbers of schools earning “A” and “B” grades and a slight decline in schools receiving “F” grades.  IPS isn’t the only Indianapolis/Marion County school district improving their grades. Lawrence Township Schools rose from a “B” to an “A”; Perry from a “C” to “A” and Beech Grove from “C” to “A”.  Franklin Township and Speedway schools maintained their “A” rating. Wayne Township soared from a “D” to a “B”; Washington Township increased from a “C” to a “B”; while Pike and Warren Townships stayed steady with “C” grades. Decatur Township went from a “D” to a “C”. But IPS moving out of the lowest academic performance mark is big news. And the district is pleased with the progress.

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IPS Supt. Dr. Lewis Ferebee

Said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee, . “We are pleased to learn 1/3 of our schools improved by one or more letter grades compared to the 2013 report card. Several of these are priority schools which receive auxiliary support; it’s promising to see gains there.” In a statement, Dr. Ferebee “Commended our teachers, administrators and staff on their hard work and dedication as they raised expectations for our students and worked diligently to meet their instructional needs in the 2013-2014 school year. We are also very proud of our students who showed increased focus, commitment and academic growth.” And Ferebee added, “As we have all worked collaboratively to advance the district, we are clear that together we have much left to do.” IPS also acknowledged that a few schools did lose one or more letter grades. IPS and Supt. Ferebee pledged that the district “Will continue to identify and implement strategic methods of improvement in those schools. Our school leaders and educators are dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities for the public, and we look forward to even more gains in the coming year.”  CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE A-F GRADES FOR ALL INDIANA SCHOOL DISTRICTS   2014 INDIANA A-F GRADES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS