Putnam County schools did not fare particularly well on the 2008 ISTEP-Plus. While Bainbridge and Roachdale Elementary schools ranked in the "exemplary" category; and Deer Meadow Primary, Ridpath Elementary, Central Elementary and Cloverdale High School garnered an "academic progress" rating, all other schools in the county are on the "watch" list.
The recently released rankings show that Indiana's school rankings are not good in general with two-thirds of districts being placed on "academic watch" or "academic probation."
Statewide results show 187 school districts were placed in the "academic watch" category, and another five were placed on "academic probation." That equates to 66 percent of Indiana districts in the lowest two categories, up from 51 percent last year.
Among individual schools, 20 percent received the highest exemplary rating, 13 percent received the commendable rating, 20 percent received the academic progress rating, 40 percent were placed on academic watch, and 7 percent were on academic probation.
High schools fared the worst with 70 percent in the lowest two categories. Three of Putnam County high schools are in this category.
Schools that persistently land on academic probation face intervention from the state, which can include state officials taking over the school and running it themselves.
This list shows the ratings for all Putnam County schools: Cloverdale Community Schools--Watch; Cloverdale Elementary School--Watch; Cloverdale High School--Acad. Progress; Cloverdale Middle School--Watch.
Greencastle Community School Corp--Watch; Greencastle Middle School--Watch; Greencastle Senior High School--Watch; Martha J Ridpath Elementary School--Acad. Progress; Deer Meadow Primary--Acad. Progress; Tzouanakis Intermediate School--Watch.
North Putnam Community Schools--Watch. Bainbridge Elementary School--Exemplary; North Putnam Middle School--Watch; North Putnam Senior High School--Watch; Roachdale Elementary School--Exemplary.
South Putnam Community Schools--Watch; South Putnam Jr./Sr. High School--Watch; Central Elementary School--Acad. Progress; Fillmore Elementary School--Watch; Reelsville Elementary School--Watch.