Department of Education this morning released its list of schools earning a
four-star rating for the 2014-15 school year.
schools made the list -- Chesterton Middle School and Saint Patrick’s
CMS Principal Mike
Megyesi told the Chesterton Tribune today that the rating is “a
testament” to the hard work that the teachers, students and parents have
done to achieve a high standard.
“It’s been a group
effort. The things we’ve been doing seem to be making progress. We hope to
continue that progress and that our growth will forever be maintained,”
It’s been over five
years since CMS received a four-star rating from the DOE, Megyesi noted. In
2012, the school earned a D for its accountability grade. It has however
grown from a C school, to a B school and now an A school.
Megyesi said his
staff and students have “worked arduously” to make improvements even as the
standards for ISTEP testing are constantly changing.
Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz said he gives “kudos” to Megyesi and
the CMS teachers.
“They’ve done a
good job. They’ve shown amazing growth,” Goetz told the Tribune.
“We’re very proud of our middle school.”
Goetz added that
the Duneland administration is proud of all its students in all of the
buildings. All the Duneland Schools earned A’s in the state’s most recent
accountability grades, he said.
School, which is part of the Diocese of Gary, has earned a four-star rating
consecutively each year since at least 2009-10.
According to DOE,
in order to achieve the four-start designation, a school must be in the top
25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories.
qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s
accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of
A total of 287
schools received the award throughout the state.
“I am pleased to
recognize Indiana’s Four Star Schools today,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s
Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I applaud the hard work and
dedication of the students, educators and families at these exceptional
schools as we transitioned to more rigorous college-and-career ready
standards and assessments last year.”
A complete list of
the schools that received the award, as well as a more complete methodology
outlining Four Star determination, can be found on the Department’s website