Map: Did Your School Get A Better Grade In 2012 Because Of Tony Bennett?

When then-Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett changed the way state education officials calculated A-F school ratings, it wasn’t only a favorite charter school, Christel House Academy, that benefited. StateImpact analysis shows 165 Indiana schools received higher grades in 2012 as a result of a change that helped boost Christel House’s grade from its initially-projected C to the A rating it actually received.

To understand how the school’s grades improved, check out this post. To understand how we made these calculations, click here. To see which schools’ grades improved, take a look at the map and sortable table below:

IDOE Data / StateImpact Analysis

Each dot on the map represents one of the 165 schools whose grades improved because of a change former state superintendent Tony Bennett’s staff made late in 2012.

Use the table below to find individual schools whose grades went up because of changes to the “subscore ceiling” by either typing their name or corporation into the search box or clicking on the arrows in the headers to sort the table.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Eastern: For those of you who want more information than is in the sortable table, take a look at this spreadsheet of the 165 schools included on the map above and the table below. That file includes the schools’ subscores in math and ELA, whether they’re traditional public, charter, or private; and data on what would have happened if Bennett’s staff left the “subscore ceiling” in place.

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Corporation
School
Actual 2012 Grade
Grade With 'Ceiling' Still In Place
The High Subscore That Improved The School's Grade
South Adams SchoolsSouth Adams Middle SchoolABMath
M S D Southwest Allen County SchlsWhispering Meadow Elem SchABEnglish
Northwest Allen County SchoolsOak View Elementary SchABEnglish
Fort Wayne Community SchoolsWeisser Park Elem SchABEnglish
Fort Wayne Community SchoolsIndian Village Elementary SchBCEnglish
Fort Wayne Community SchoolsFrancis M Price Elem SchBCEnglish
Fort Wayne Community SchoolsRobert C Harris Elem SchABEnglish
Fort Wayne Community SchoolsArlington Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Bartholomew Con School CorpW D Richards Elementary SchABEnglish
Bartholomew Con School CorpLillian Schmitt Elem SchoolABEnglish
Bartholomew Con School CorpTaylorsville Elem SchoolABEnglish
Blackford County SchoolsMontpelier SchoolABEnglish
Blackford County SchoolsBlackford Junior High SchoolBCMath
Western Boone Co Com Sch DistThorntown Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Lebanon Community School CorpHarney Elementary SchoolBCMath
Delphi Community School CorpDelphi Community Elementary SchoolABMath
Logansport Community Sch CorpFairview Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Logansport Community Sch CorpLandis Elementary SchoolBCEnglish
Washington Com SchoolsVeale Elementary SchoolABEnglish
South Dearborn Com School CorpManchester Elementary SchoolABMath
Sunman-Dearborn Com Sch CorpSunman-Dearborn Middle SchoolABMath
Sunman-Dearborn Com Sch CorpSunman Dearborn Intermediate SchABMath
Garrett-Keyser-Butler ComGarrett Middle SchABEnglish
Liberty-Perry Com School CorpSelma Middle SchoolBCMath
Daleville Community SchoolsDaleville Elementary SchoolABMath
Northeast Dubois Co Sch CorpCelestine Elementary SchoolABMath
Greater Jasper Con SchsJasper Middle SchoolABMath
Southwest Dubois Co Sch CorpSouthridge Middle SchoolACMath
Middlebury Community SchoolsNorthridge Middle SchoolABMath
Baugo Community SchoolsJimtown Junior High SchoolBCMath
Concord Community SchoolsConcord Junior High SchoolABMath
Fayette County School CorpEastview Elementary SchoolABMath
New Albany-Floyd Co Con SchHazelwood Middle SchoolABMath
New Albany-Floyd Co Con SchSlate Run Elementary SchoolABMath
New Albany-Floyd Co Con SchS Ellen Jones Elementary SchBCMath
North Gibson School CorpBrumfield ElementaryABMath
East Gibson School CorporationOakland City Elementary SchoolABMath
Sheridan Community SchoolsSheridan Elementary SchoolBCMath
Hamilton Southeastern SchoolsFall Creek Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Hamilton Southeastern SchoolsFishers Junior High SchoolABMath
Hamilton Southeastern SchoolsThorpe Creek ElementaryABEnglish
Hamilton Southeastern SchoolsRiverside Jr HighABMath
Westfield-Washington SchoolsShamrock Springs Elementary SchABEnglish
Westfield-Washington SchoolsWestfield Intermediate SchoolABMath
Noblesville SchoolsNoblesville East Middle SchoolABMath
Noblesville SchoolsStony Creek Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Southern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpBrandywine Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Geist Montessori AcademyGeist Montessori AcademyABMath
Eastern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpEastern Hancock Middle SchABMath
Greenfield-Central Com SchoolsGreenfield Intermediate SchoolBCMath
South Harrison Com SchoolsCorydon Intermediate SchoolABMath
Avon Community School CorpAvon Middle School SouthABMath
Blue River Valley SchoolsBlue River Valley Elem SchoolABEnglish
Taylor Community School CorpTaylor Intermediate SchoolBCEnglish
Huntington Co Com Sch CorpRoanoke Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Jay School CorpRedkey Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Jay School CorpWest Jay County Middle SchoolABMath
Madison Consolidated SchoolsAnderson Elementary SchoolABMath
Jennings County SchoolsGraham Creek Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Jennings County SchoolsHayden Elementary SchoolABMath
Clark-Pleasant Com School CorpWhiteland Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Center Grove Com Sch CorpCenter Grove Middle School NorthABMath
Franklin Community School CorpFranklin Community Middle SchoolABMath
Greenwood Community Sch CorpWestwood Elementary SchABEnglish
Greenwood Community Sch CorpSouthwest Elem SchABEnglish
Warsaw Community SchoolsLakeview Middle SchoolABMath
Westview School CorporationShipshewana-Scott Elem SchoolABMath
Crown Point Community Sch CorpDwight D Eisenhower Elem SchABEnglish
Hanover Community School CorpLincoln Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Merrillville Community SchoolMerrillville Intermediate SchoolBCEnglish
Lake Central School CorpJames H Watson Elem SchABEnglish
Griffith Public SchoolsGriffith Middle SchoolBCMath
School Town of HighlandHighland Middle SchoolABMath
School Town of HighlandAllen J Warren Elem SchBCEnglish
School City of HobartRidge View Elementary SchoolBCEnglish
LaPorte Community School CorpIndian Trail Elem SchABMath
Frankton-Lapel Community SchsLapel Middle SchoolABMath
South Madison Com Sch CorpPendleton Heights Middle SchABMath
South Madison Com Sch CorpPendleton Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Franklin Township Com Sch CorpLillie Idella Kitley ElementaryABEnglish
M S D Lawrence TownshipBelzer Middle SchoolABMath
M S D Lawrence TownshipForest Glen Elem SchABEnglish
M S D Pike TownshipEagle Creek Elementary SchoolABEnglish
M S D Warren TownshipLowell Elementary SchoolABEnglish
M S D Washington TownshipCrooked Creek Elementary SchABMath
Indianapolis Public SchoolsJames A Garfield Sch 31BCMath
Indianapolis Public SchoolsMerle Sidener Gifted AcademyABEnglish
Indianapolis Public SchoolsRousseau Mc Clellan 91ABEnglish
KIPP Indpls College PreparatoryKIPP Indpls College PreparatoryABMath
Christel House AcademyChristel House AcademyAC*Math
School Town of SpeedwayCarl G Fisher Elem School 1ABMath
Monroe County Com Sch CorpLora L Batchelor Middle SchABMath
Monroe County Com Sch CorpArlington Heights Elem SchABEnglish
South Montgomery Com Sch CorpWaveland Elementary SchoolABMath
Mooresville Con School CorpPaul Hadley Middle SchBCMath
Mooresville Con School CorpNorth Madison Elem SchABMath
West Noble School CorporationWest Noble Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Spencer-Owen Community SchoolsGosport Elementary SchoolABMath
Spencer-Owen Community SchoolsSpencer Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Turkey Run Community Sch CorpTurkey Run Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Union Township School CorpUnion Center Elementary SchABEnglish
East Porter County School CorpWashington Twp Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Valparaiso Community SchoolsCentral Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Valparaiso Community SchoolsFlint Lake Elementary SchABEnglish
Valparaiso Community SchoolsMemorial Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Duneland School CorporationWestchester Intermediate SchoolABMath
Batesville Community Sch CorpBatesville Intermediate SchoolABMath
Penn-Harris-Madison Sch CorpVirgil I Grissom Middle SchABMath
Penn-Harris-Madison Sch CorpMadison Elementary SchoolABMath
Penn-Harris-Madison Sch CorpElm Road Elementary SchoolABMath
Union-North United School CorpLaVille Elementary SchoolABMath
John Glenn School CorporationWalkerton Elementary SchoolBCMath
North Spencer County Sch CorpLincoln Trail Elementary SchABEnglish
South Spencer County Sch CorpLuce Elementary SchoolABMath
North Judson-San Pierre Sch CorpNorth Judson-San Pierre Elem SchABMath
M S D Steuben CountyAngola Middle SchoolABMath
Northeast School CorpFarmersburg Elementary SchoolBCMath
Northeast School CorpHymera Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Switzerland County School CorpSwitzerland Co Middle SchBCMath
Union Co/Clg Corner Joint Sch DistUnion County Middle SchoolABMath
Evansville Vanderburgh Sch CorpCynthia Heights Elem SchACEnglish
South Vermillion Com Sch CorpErnie Pyle Elementary SchoolABMath
Vigo County School CorpHoney Creek Middle SchBCMath
Vigo County School CorpFarrington Grove Elem SchABEnglish
Vigo County School CorpBlanche E Fuqua Elem SchABEnglish
M S D Wabash County SchoolsSouthwood Elementary SchoolABEnglish
M S D Warren CountyWilliamsport Elementary SchABMath
Warrick County School CorpLoge Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Northeastern Wayne SchoolsNortheastern Elementary SchABMath
Centerville-Abington Com SchsCenterville-Abington Jr High SchABMath
Nettle Creek School CorpHagerstown Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Frontier School CorporationFrontier ElementaryABMath
Twin Lakes School CorpOaklawn Elementary SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Fort WayneSt Joseph-St Elizabeth Campus 2ABEnglish
Lutheran Schools of IndianaConcordia Evangelical Lutheran SchABMath
Archdiocese of IndianapolisSt Bartholomew SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Lafayette Catholic SchSacred Heart SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Lafayette Catholic SchSaint Lawrence SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Fort WayneSt John Evangelist SchoolBCEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisSt Gabriel Parochial SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisHoly Family SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisOur Lady Of Perpetual SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of EvansvilleHoly Cross SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Lafayette Catholic SchSaint Paul Parish SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisSaint Malachy SchoolABEnglish
Lutheran Schools of IndianaLutheran Central SchoolABMath
Diocese of Lafayette Catholic SchSaint Augustine SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisPope John XXIII SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of GaryAquinas School at St Andrew'sBCEnglish
Diocese of GarySaint John The Baptist SchoolBCEnglish
Diocese of GarySaint Bridget SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of GaryQueen Of All Saints SchoolBCEnglish
Diocese of GarySaint Joseph SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Lafayette Catholic SchSaint Mary SchoolABEnglish
Independent Non-Public SchoolsLiberty Christian Sch (7-8)ABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisSaint Monica SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisHoly Name SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisOur Lady Of Lourdes SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisSt Michael The Archangel SchoolBCEnglish
Diocese of GaryNativity of Our Savior SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of GarySaint Paul Catholic SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Fort WayneSaint Anthony De Padua SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of Fort WayneSaint Matthew Cathedral SchoolABEnglish
Archdiocese of IndianapolisSaint Joseph SchoolABEnglish
Diocese of EvansvilleSt Bernard SchoolABEnglish

Source: StateImpact Analysis of IDOE Data

*Christel House Academy is listed in the map and spreadsheet as having improved from a C to an A. To be clear, two changes to the way state officials calculated the school’s grade in 2012 are responsible for that school’s increase. One change involved eliminating high school data from its calculation, lifting the school’s grade from a C to a B. Lifting the subscore ceiling improved Christel House’s grade from a B to an A.

  • Lacy Hawkins

    Can another column be created showing which schools are public and which are private?

    • kystokes

      It’s a good thought — we try to keep the number of columns limited so the sortable table doesn’t get too cluttered. I’m going to keep the table as it is for now. I can just tell you that there are 32 private schools out of the 165. You can tell that these 32 are private schools because of the religious reference (“Diocese,” “Christian School,” etc.) in their School or Corporation Name. While we’re breaking this down by school type… 3 of the 165 schools are charter schools, by the way. The rest are traditional public schools.

      Here, though, is the complete listing of all 165 schools. I added a column for public, private and traditional public here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AosSHAkDJBqpdENNSkFla3l0QnlZeG1uUEQ5TWg3NkE&usp=sharing

  • integrity

    and which are charters? of course that would ruin the media’s story so i don’t expect that to be added.

  • heath johnson

    How about we consider percentages here? How many private schools are there in Indiana and what percentage of them are on this list? Compare that data to public schools.

    • kystokes

      Off the top of my head, it’s roughly proportional.
      32 private schools here : 165 total schools on our list (15-ish percent)
      275ish private schools that get state letter grades : 2,000 school statewide (10-ish percent)

      • heath johnson

        Thank you!

      • Chrissy

        That’s interesting. No schools were bumped up to D’s or C’s. How is that possible?

        My understanding of the grades is as follows (please correct me if I’m wrong):
        0-0.69 = F
        0.7-1.69 = D
        1.7-2.69 = C
        2.7-3.69 = B
        3.7-6 = A

        So is it just that lower performing schools never earn “extra points” for improvement? Because if a D school got a 1.5 in Math and a 1 and English, but it also earned an extra point in one of those areas, then it should have ended up becoming a C school just like Christel House’s (and the other 165 schools) grades went up.

        What’s the criteria for getting an “extra point” and how come no schools were raised to D’s or C’s? Interesting……

        • kystokes

          Hi Chrissy,

          I’m working on a post that helps answer the bigger question you ask here — “How come no D or F schools got their grades bumped up by the change?” — but the subscore ceiling only comes into play when the subscore for either subject approaches 4.0. With the ceiling in place, 4.0 is the highest you can receive. The subscore ceiling does not come into play at all in the example you raise — 1.5 for Math + 1.0 for English + a Bonus point. There was never a question that school should get credit for a bonus point in this area.

          Now, if that school got a *4.0 in Math and a 1.0 in English, then received a bonus point IN MATH, that’s a subscore ceiling issue.

          Does that make sense?

  • what a mess

    Of the two schools in my area that received a higher grade, one is dominated by Republicans and the other private. No surprise there.

  • Diana Szilagyi

    I don’t see South Bend Community School Corporation in this listing ?

    • Diana Szilagyi

      Never mind – I need to learn to read. This is a listing of schools with grades changed because of manipulation – not all schools.