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Bishop Luers receives 'A' accountability grade

Two weeks ago, the Indiana Department of Education released its 2017-18 School Accountability Grades. We were pleased to see that Bishop Luers received an "A" grade, as we have in most years that the state's grading system has been in place.

The letter grades for high schools are calculated from several factors:

Student performance on the ISTEP+ tests
  • Student growth in their scores over multiple ISTEP+ exams - Bishop Luers' growth score was high. This means that we not only begin with talented students in the door as freshmen, but we help them make large strides in their academic skills while they are here.
  • Graduation rate. Our graduation rate is very high - Our goals for our students extend far beyond graduation, and this expectation creates a student culture where graduation and post-graduate successes are the norm.
  • College and career readiness indicators - For Bishop Luers' program, this includes passing rates on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams as well as our dual credit courses. The trend at Bishop Luers has been increasing numbers of students taking AP exams, along with steady or increasing success on students' AP exam performance.
A weighted combination of these factors then produces an overall score, which corresponds to the school's accountability grade.

As you know, as a Catholic school, our goals for our students extend far beyond these metrics. This state accountability grade gives one picture of the strength of our academic program, which is a key part of the education of the whole person.

I want to congratulate our students for their performance, for their hard work in the classes and for their learning. I also want to recognize and applaud our faculty and staff, whose skill and caring every day put our students in this position for success. I am grateful to be a part of a school community that has such a positive impact.
For more information on the Indiana Department of Education's School Accountability Grades, please see: https://www.doe.in.gov/news/indiana-department-education-releases-2017-2018-school-accountability-grades.

James Huth
Principal 
Bishop Luers High School