Student enrollment at Henry County schools is down compared to last year and the schools are on a roller coaster when it comes to grades, according to the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) most recent analysis of Hoosier schools.
The IDOE collected an average daily membership (ADM) count of students Sept. 14. The state will use these enrollment numbers to figure funding for area “Basic and Complexity Grants” for the 2018-2019 school year.
According that ADM count, the five school systems in Henry County lost 259 students over the past year, about 3.6 percent of the combined student bodies.
Blue River Valley Schools saw a reduction in 11 students, or 1.7 percent.
South Henry School Corporation lost 61 students, about 7.5 percent.
Shenandoah School Corporation had 10 fewer students this year, a 0.7 percent reduction.
New Castle Community School Corporation, with 3,069 total enrollment, was still down 96 students, or 3.0 percent lower than a year ago.
Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation had 1,043.9 kids on count day, with 81 fewer students than last year for a 7.2 percent loss.
Nettle Creek School Corporation in neighboring Wayne County added six students to the rolls, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year.
Indiana schools statewide saw a slight enrollment increase of 0.1 percent total, which is lower than the 0.6 percent increase Hoosier schools saw in 2017.
IDOE will take a second count of kids enrolled in each school corporation and charter school on Feb. 1, 2019 for information purposes only.
The IDOE also released the 2017-2018 School Accountability Grades this month.
The accountability grades are based on student performance, student improvement, graduation rates and college and career readiness.
Roughly 22 percent of schools statewide improved one or more letter grades, with nearly nine percent improving their letter grade to an A. Overall, close to 64 percent of schools received an A or B.
“Our current accountability grades are an indication of the great education Indiana students are receiving,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.“Our work is paying off and as a Department we will continue to partner with dedicated stakeholders to ensure every school and every student is successful.”
More buildings increased their accountability grades (477) than decreased them (445), while 1,166 earned the same letter grade.
Henry County-area schools were split almost evenly with six improving their grades, seven decreasing and seven remaining the same over last year.