By Courtney Essett
Hendricks County — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released the list of 2009-10 Four Star Schools and five Hendricks County school corporations made the list. Avon, Brownsburg, Mill Creek, North West Hendricks, and Plainfield school corporations are included in the more than 10 percent of public schools in the state that have been named.
The list was released Tuesday and of the 1,808 public schools, 188 were given the distinction.
Hendricks County schools named to the list include:
Avon School Corporation — Avon Intermediate East, Avon Middle School North, Avon Middle School South, Hickory Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, and White Oak Elementary;
"All of our schools that were eligible made it," Northwest Hendricks Superintendent Rusty King said. "We have really great teachers and a lot of parental support which really helps a lot."
Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett released a statement congratulating the schools saying, “These schools set high expectations for their students on a daily basis and, as a result, students work hard and exceed those expectations.”
Awards were given to public schools that ranked in the top 25 percent on ISTEP scoring and achieved adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which also takes attendance rates into account.
The IDOE’s Office of Accreditation created new benchmarks for the program this year in response to numerous requests to make the calculation system less confusing.
This was also the first year the IDOE reviewed data for non-public schools and included the schools as honorees. Thirteen of 261 private or parochial schools were designated. Those schools were not compared to public schools in the scoring process.