ElKHART — Interested in finding out how your child’s school stacks up against others in Elkhart County? You can with the most recent school report card issued by the state.
The full report can be found in the print edition of The Elkhart Truth Saturday, June 8.
Each year, every school in the state is reviewed by the Indiana Department of Education. The result is a report that details student enrollment, graduation rates and more. When possible, the most recent year reviewed is compared with the past two school years. Those numbers are also compared to the state totals in each category.
The details below are pulled from the most recent performance report and do not include information about the 2012-2013 school year.
Fewer students were enrolled in Elkhart County schools overall, but some schools — Concord, Middlebury, and Fairfield — saw an increase in enrollment.
County school corporations did well on the ISTEP. Some stayed consistent with the previous year’s scores, but Concord, Elkhart, and Wa-Nee improved.
Five out of six Elkhart County school corporations increased the number of students in the free or reduced lunch program. Wa-Nee Community Schools decreased in this category slightly, going from 39.7 percent of students in 2010-2011 to 39.1 percent in 2011-2012.
Eleven out of 33 Elkhart County elementary schools had students who were suspended or expelled for a drug, alcohol, or weapon-related incident.
Some school corporations have increased their minimum salary range. These include Elkhart, Goshen, and Wa-Nee Community Schools. Just one corporation, Fairfield, has decreased its minimum salary range. The average minimum salary range across the county is $34,076.
The high school with the lowest graduation rate was Elkhart Memorial with 84.7 percent of its students graduating in 2011-2012. The high school with the highest graduation rate was Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School with 92.7 percent of its students graduating in 2011-2012.
On average, 72 percent of high school graduates in Elkhart County in 2011-2012 were pursuing a college education.
Elkhart Community Schools spent the most per student at $12,500. Fairfield Community Schools spent the least per student, at $10,300. These numbers were an average of funds in three school years, from 2009-2010 to 2011-2012.
More detailed information that was not included in the printed report is available on the Indiana Department of Education’s website.