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State Chamber names Clay City 'Best Buy' school

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Clay City Junior/Senior High School was recently named a "Best Buys" school by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. [Order this photo]
For the third year in a row, Indiana's Chamber of Commerce has named Clay City Junior/Senior High School one of its "Best Buys" school.

The school is one of 132 schools of the 349 Indiana public high schools and charter schools to make it on to the list. Clay City is also one of the 23 honor roll schools.

"We are very honored and proud," Clay City Junior/Senior High School Principal Jeff Bell told The Brazil Times. "We have an outstanding school-community support that is made up of the faculty, staff, students, parents and community."

Indiana school ranks were based on ISTEP+ scores, graduation rates, SAT participation rates and scores as well as Advance Placement scores.

"The administration is very proud of the students and teachers at Clay City," Supt. Dan Schroeder said.

"Being one of the 132 schools to make it on the list is an honor, to be one of the 23 honor roll schools, for the third year in a row, is fabulous," Schroeder added.

Clay City was chosen to be an honor roll school based on the participation in the free/reduced lunch program and the academic achievement of the students.

"It is quite an honor and tribute to the people that work to make this a terrific school," Bell said.

"I would like to thank the students and teachers. Their hard work in the classrooms have not gone unnoticed."

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Remembering back...... Didn't they say that small schools would suffer and not get the academics that students who attended large consolidated schools would need in order to attend good colleges? I am so glad that I graduated from Staunton before they became Northview. Congrats Clay City

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 6:58 AM

Congrats students and faculty. Great job!! Keep up the good work!!

-- Posted by dude1 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 7:06 AM

Your hard work has paid off!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 8:31 AM

Way to go Clay City Keep up the good work. I guess this shows the truth something to be said for are small school.

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 11:20 AM

Congratulations to my alma mater! Three Years in a row!!! Go, Clay City!!

To quote from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce website," This 10th edition of Indiana's Best Buys report recognizes those Indiana high schools that are producing the greatest academic achievements per dollar of taxpayer funds. Best Buys schools are those that offer all of us, as taxpayers and stakeholders in the public education system, the greatest return in student academic achievement for the taxpayer dollars that are invested. The report is not designed to criticize any school or school corporation. Rather, it is a celebration of schools that are producing the best results from taxpayer investments.

The multifactor analysis used in Indiana's Best Buys represents only one way to measure the quality of our public high schools. It is by no means the only way to measure return on investment or student performance. Indeed, as new data become available or new insights are revealed, we continue to refine the data that are used in this report and we welcome your recommendations for future editions."

I'll be posting a comparison of our two schools, from the report, later.

-- Posted by FlyinLion on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 3:22 PM

Congratulations! This is a great achievement! It is wonderful to see the positive this community has to offer.

-- Posted by knightmom on Sun, Dec 21, 2008, at 8:11 AM

Not trying to take anything away from Clay City Jr.-Sr. High School for being selected, but I found that the selection process was a bit skewed. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce weights the data from the from the Department of Education database to come up with their Quality Index; however, the result is still building-specific. What skews the outcome of the report is the fact that the revenue per student is not building-specific, it is for the school corporation or district. Last year, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce tried to use expenditures, on the corporate or district level, but that caused double-counting of funds that were transferred between funds without actually being expended. Basically, the data for specific buildings for either expenditures or revenues is simply not collected or available, so there will be errors in the report.

That fact notwithstanding, the data for Clay City Jr. -- Sr. High School and Northview is SAT Composite Score, C-995 N-985, % SAT Participation, C-52% N-44%, Percent Passing ISTEP+, C-61% N-50%, ISTEP+ Pass+, C-2.30% N-4.70%, Adjusted Graduation Rate C-84.55% N-73.70%, Advanced Placement Score C-6.27% N-3.30%, Quality Index C-.02579 N- (-0.285), At-Risk Students C-29.8% N-32.0% with a Revenue per Student for both at $7,942.

Ways to improve Northview's numbers include more SAT Participation, improving the ISTEP Pass Percentage, and raising the Graduation Rate.

Of note, not only is Clay City a Best Buy, but it is on the Honor Roll within the list of Best Buys. There are 23 schools identified in the Honor Roll for academic achievement despite having a higher than the state median percentage of at-risk students.

Again, congratulations to Clay City Jr.-Sr. High School!

-- Posted by FlyinLion on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 10:15 AM

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