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.

*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.