Warren Township, Indiana
Beginning in 2002-03, MSD of Warren Township piloted Indiana’s first 8-Step continuous school improvement initiative in its lowest-performing schools. Immediate increased student achievement prompted full implementation in all elementary schools, followed by middle schools. The chart compares 2001-02 achievement levels (the year prior to 8-Steps implementation in Warren Township) to the 2008-09 data. This diverse, urban district had poverty rates ranging from 43.9 percent at Lowell Elementary to 82.4 percent at Heather Hills.
Even as State proficiency cuts scores were raised roughly 14 points over this testing period, Warren's academic performance significantly increased. Every elementary school demonstrated proficiency percentage point gains in English/Language Arts ranging from 9.6 at Brookview to a dramatic increase of 35.3 points at Sunny Heights. Proficiency rates in seven of the 11 elementary schools exceeded the state average of 72.4 percent. Math proficiency rates over this same period are compared for the district's three middle schools. Percentage point gains ranged from 20.9 points at Creston up to 34.3 points for Stonybrook. Both Raymond Park and Stonybrook Middle Schools exceeded the State's average performance in Mathematics on the 2008-09 assessment. All growth rates over this period exceeded Indiana’s average growth rate.