With the recent release of ISTEP results, most of the top school corporations in the Hoosier State once again proved to come from more financially well-off areas.
Most, not all.
North West Hendricks School Corporation, which serves a mostly rural community and has a relatively low operating budget compared to other school systems, ranked second in language arts, ninth in mathematics and fourth overall in Indiana.
Jeremy Brooks, principal of Pittsboro Elementary School, spoke to Fox 59 News about the results.
“Our motto at Pittsboro is nothing less than our personal best, learning together to achieve success,” Brooks said.
Brooks credited differentiation, which means curriculum is catered to each individual student’s abilities and speed of learning, for part of the school and school corporation’s success.
Hiring high-quality, dedicated teachers, as well as what he described as incredibly supportive and involved parents, also contributes greatly to the positive results, he said.
While Brooks admits that North West Hendricks Schools likely benefit from having a smaller overall student body, allowing him to know each of the students in his school by name, he said class sizes still stand in the 23-27 pupil range.