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South Madison - For the second year in a row the South Madison Community School Corp. received an overall “A” grade from the state after the release of the “A” to “F” accountability rating system.

Nearby Frankton-Lapel Community School Corp. earned an overall “B-” dropping from an “A” in 2012.

The grades reflect factors such as how many students are passing standardized tests and are designed to include a measure of student growth and compare student classroom performance to their peers throughout the state.

While local educators are glad to finally have the official marks from the state, the data is from the 2012-13 school year and is late in coming with the first half of the 2013-14 year complete. Administrators also said they are frustrated, saying the grading system doesn’t reflect what is truly going on with individual student growth.

While Pendleton Heights High School went from a “B” in 2012 to an “A” this year, Pendleton Heights Middle School dropped from an A to a B as did Maple Ridge and Pendleton elementary schools, while East Elementary School maintained an “A.”   

Lapel High School and Lapel Elementary School both maintained an “A” while Lapel Middle School dropped from an “A” to a “C.” Frankton Jr-Sr High School maintained a “B,” while Frankton Elementary School went from a “B” to an “A.”

“This is the first time overall that we have been a ‘B,’” Frankton-Lapel Superintendent Bobby Fields said. “We’ve always been an ‘A,’ so that ‘C’ we got — it cost us.”    

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