[r44] Rep. Baird commends Central Elementary School for high growth (3/2/2012)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Start Date: 3/2/2012
End Date: 3/2/2012
STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) commends Central Elementary School for having one of the largest percentages of students achieving growth in mathematics. Central Elementary School was one of twenty Indiana schools recognized during a ceremony Thursday for high growth achievement.

“I want to congratulate Central Elementary School for their honor,” said Rep. Baird. “Their commitment to academics and specifically their commitment to student learning is reflected in their achievements. The success is due to the hard work and focus on the part of teachers and students alike and I want to congratulate them on a job well done.” 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett honored the school with an award on Thursday at the Statehouse. 

The Indiana Growth Model, created by the Indiana Department of Education, measures how much students learn in certain content areas over the span of one year.  Students are placed into groups with other peers who share the same ISTEP examination scores in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts. Each student’s individual growth is measured by comparing their advancement on the ISTEP to the advancement of the other students in their peer group.

The Growth Model projects each student’s score into 1 of 3 growth percentiles, which are labeled as low, typical or high growth. Central Elementary School had 76.7 percent of students score in the high growth percentile. 
 “Central Elementary School is a great example of how much progress can be made in a single year with hard work and dedication,” said Rep. Baird.


Rep. Jim Baird represents District 44 which includes all of Putman County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo Counties. Rep. Baird is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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