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Chesterton Middle School and St Patrick win state four star ratings

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The Indiana Department of Education this morning released its list of schools earning a four-star rating for the 2014-15 school year.

Locally, two schools made the list -- Chesterton Middle School and Saint Patrick’s School.

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,” Megyesi said.

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.

Duneland Assistant 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.

Saint Patrick 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.

Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.

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 at



Posted 5/24/2016





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