For the first time in several years, a Clay County School has been named as a Four Star School.
On Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Education released the 2009-10 Four Star School List.
Administration with the Clay Community School Corporation (CCSC) paid a visit to Staunton Elementary School late in the afternoon to deliver the news to faculty and staff.
"I know you guys have worked hard," CCSC Interim Supt. Kim Tucker told the group after informing them of the honor.
"It couldn't happen to a more deserving staff."
Tucker had told Staunton Principal Sheryl Jordan earlier in the day at a principal's meeting. Jordan admitted to her staff it was difficult to keep the secret for the rest of the day.
"What a wonderful staff," Jordan said. "Keep up the good work."
Tucker said there are a total of 1,808 public schools statewide and only 188 were named to the Four Star School list. In addition, 13 of 261 private schools were honored.
She had received notification from Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett earlier in the day.
According to Indiana Department of Education website, a Four Star School award is given if a school's combined passing percentage (English/Language Arts and Math) add up to the following:
* Add together the passing percentages for English and Math to create a "combined ISTEP+ passing percentage,"
* Calculate the top 25th percentile of schools based on combined passing percentages. Identify schools (in each grade level) that are above the 25th percentile, and
* A school must be in the top 25th percentile for each grade level in which it tested at least 10 students in order to be considered a Four Star School.
In addition, Adequate Yearly Progress must indicate the following:
* A school must have made AYP in order to be considered a Four Star school.
"It's a very rare distinction," Tucker told The Brazil Times. "You have to do everything right."
Dixie Bee Elementary School in Vigo County was the only other Wabash Valley school to earn the distinction.
For the full list of 2009-10 Four Star School, log on to http://www.doe.in.gov/accreditation/docs....