Nine Indiana schools were recognized at the Statehouse today for achieving the highest academic growth in mathematics and language arts. The results are based on the Indiana Growth Model, which state schools superintendent Tony Bennett says can look at every individual student’s progress and how they learn in one year. Bennett says that means urban and rural schools are showing outstanding improvement. How much a student learns is measured by their scores on the math and English portions of the ISTEP Plus exam. The top 25 schools statewide saw growth rates of at least 42 percent. High test scores at schools like these could also be good for their teachers. Under the new agenda of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, high student achievement could soon mean merit raises for teachers.
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