Four Stars for Perry-Worth

Amber Targgart

Perry-Worth Elementary was named a Four Star School in a recent announcement from the Indiana Department of Education.

According to IDOE, to receive Four Star designation, a school must receive an “A” on the state’s A-F accountability system, have excellent ISTEP pass rates, carry an overall high graduation rate (if applicable), and show success in closing achievement gaps.

Perry-Worth Principal Amber Targgart said the rating is a cause to celebrate, as a school family, what everyone has come together to accomplish.

Other than their good marks, Targgart said Perry-Worth is a Four Star School because of the dedication of parents, students and staff.

Though she and Assistant Principal Mary Dickerson lead the school, Targgart said teachers, parents and students made this distinction possible.

“This is possible because of our fantastic teachers, hard-working students and dedicated parents,” she said.

Targgart said Perry-Worth teachers are effective effective teachers and communicators. Teachers are encouraged to contact parents frequently about what their child is doing right and where they need help to improve.

As result, Targgart said Perry-Worth parents are active in their child’s education through attending school events, keeping an eye on grades and even by just making sure their child gets to school each day.

“Our parents are very engaged," she said. "We have parents here almost every day asking questions."

Another point of pride for Targgart is the school’s attendance rate which has been at 96 percent or higher since 2010.

Most Perry-Worth students do more than show up to school, Targgart said students are engaged in the classroom and have an appetite for learning.

“That allows teachers to have fun with what they do, and the kids have fun while learning,” Targgart said.

Lebanon Community Schools Director of Assessment Kari Ottinger said the school’s test scores show students are receptive to teaching techniques the district uses to raise ISTEP scores.

“I’m happy with the work all our schools are doing,” Ottinger said. “I’m also pleased to see Perry-Worth get this outside recognition for their hard work.

Perry-Worth was recognized as a Four Star School for the first time in the rating’s history, according to Ottinger.

While it is a first for Perry-Worth, Ottinger said several other LCSC schools have been recognized in the past eight years: Central Elementary has been named a Four Star School four times, while Lebanon High School has been named twice.

Perry-Worth is one of 238 schools that received the award for the 2016-2017 school year.

Several Zionsville Community Schools also achieved Four Star status. Those are Boone Meadow Elementary, Eagle Elementary, Union Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary, Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville West Middle School and Zionsville Community High School.

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In the announcement, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick congratulated all schools who achieved the distinction.

“Receiving designation as a Four Star School signifies a pursuit of academic excellence among students, educators, and the administration,” McCormick said. “I am honored to recognize these Four Star Schools for their hard work and dedication in preparing their students for a bright and prosperous future.”

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