Last week, schools and districts received their annual performance reports from the state Department of Education for the 2010-2011 school year.
The reports include information about districts and individual schools such as student enrollment, ISTEP standardized test passage rates, graduation and attendance rates and the number of students suspended or expelled in a year.
Most of the new information in the reports pertains to area high schools, particularly graduation rates, end-of-course assessment passage rates and attendance.
Districts have already begun publishing the results in the paper, as required by law. The reports are printed in the legal ad sections of the paper. This year's deadline for publishing is Feb. 29.
Below are some highlights of the reports of each area district. Charter schools were also included, but currently no charter schools serve high school students.
Fort Wayne Community Schools
FWCS sent out a news release on Monday about its district-wide 88 percent graduation rate. This is the fourth consecutive year the district has seen a graduation rate higher than the state average which this year is slightly less than 86 percent.
"We have made significant investments in our high schools over the last several years… We continue to strive to ensure that we educate all students to high standards so that they not only graduate from high school, but that they graduate ready to be successful in their next stage in life,” Superintendent Wendy Robinson said in the news release.
Two of the district's high schools, Snider and Northrop, achieved a graduation rate above 90 percent. South Side High School was the only high school with a graduation rate that was lower than in 2010, falling about two percentage points.
At every district high school, the percentage of student pursuing college increased along with the percentage of students taking and passing Advanced Placement courses and tests. FWCS percentage of instruction delivered through vocational programs also increased from 2.5 percent to 3.9.
East Allen County Schools
The district's enrollment has continued to decline, with this year's enrollment dropping faster than the last three years combined, falling from 10,088 in 2010 to 9,448 in 2011.
The board decided to close Harding High School after the 2010-2011 school year because of looming state sanctions, the result of low standardized test scores. The school's principal Kent Hoffman was also removed mid-year after a state visit reporting he was doing little to improve the school.
According to its report the school actually took steps back in its efforts to improve academically.
The number of students with more than 10 unexcused absences doubled, and the number of dropouts rose from 47 to 60. Graduation and attendance rates fell along with the percentage of students pursuing a college education.
The percentage of students passing end-of-course assessments, the high school version of ISTEP, also fell from 70 percent to 63.
On the opposite side of achievement, New Haven High School improved in nearly every area, raising the percentage of students passing the ECA and achieving a graduation rate higher than the state average. Woodlan also increased its percentage of graduate passing the ECA and achieved almost a 92 percent graduation rate, up from 87 percent.
Leo surpasses the state average in every category except its percentage of graduate pursuing a college education which fell from 89 percent to 76. The school also achieved 100 percent of graduates passing the ECA.
Northwest Allen County Schools
What sets NACS' report apart from other district reports in the county is its percentage of students in its gifted and talented programs. At 26 percent of students receiving enrichment programming, NACS had the highest percentage in the county with the next closest district, Southwest Allen County Schools, at 11 percent.
Despite cuts to balance its budget, NACS has continued its strong enrichment programs. Assistant Superintendent Gloria Shamanoff said the district operates its program differently than districts like SACS. NACS offers a pull out program instead of a self-contained classroom, which could explain the difference in numbers, she said.
But NACS has made differentiation, altering homework or class work based on a student's abilities, a priority whether a student needs more challenging work or remediation. Differentiation assistance is available for teachers in grades K-12.
Carroll High School, the district's only high school, achieved 99 percent of graduates passing the ECA and of 10th graders that took the test, 87 percent of them passed both the English and math portions, up from 78 percent in 2010.
Southwest Allen County Schools
Nearly 50 percent of 11th and 12th grade students take Advanced Placement courses at Homestead High School, the highest percentage of all public high schools in the county.
The number of student receiving free- and reduced-price lunches has also been growing, rising from 12 percent in 2009 to 15 percent in 2011; however that percentage still pales in comparison to the 70 percent in FWCS.
Imagine MASTer Academy
Student discipline at the school in 2011 appeared on the rise from annual performance reports. The number of students suspended jumped from 74 to 115. In 2010 just one student was expelled from the school, but 14 were reported expelled in 2011. Only two suspensions and expulsions were reported to be drug, weapon or alcohol related.
Imagine Schools on Broadway
A similar discipline profile could be seen at the other Imagine school in Fort Wayne. At Broadway in 2011, 106 students were reported suspended and with just 421 students enrolled, that's about one-quarter of the student population.
The school also has a high number of limited English proficiency students at 11.2 percent.
Timothy L. Johnson Academy
The school's average class size has steadily increased from 20 students per class in 2009 to 25 students in 2011. The school has not expelled in student in 3 years, but suspended 17 students in 2011, up from 13 in 2010.