Many Indiana school districts see state A-F ratings drop

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, High School graduates stand and sing during graduation ceremonies in Santa Ana Bowl. The nation's high school graduation rate has ticked up slightly to 82 percent, a new high. The Education Department said Tuesday that the rate for the 2013-14 school year — up from 81 percent the previous year — was the highest since it started using a new, uniform measure in 2010. Still, the numbers show nearly 1 in 5 students leaving high school without a diploma. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mark Felix, File)
FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, High School graduates stand and sing during graduation ceremonies in Santa Ana Bowl. The nation's high school graduation rate has ticked up slightly to 82 percent, a new high. The Education Department said Tuesday that the rate for the 2013-14 school year — up from 81 percent the previous year — was the highest since it started using a new, uniform measure in 2010. Still, the numbers show nearly 1 in 5 students leaving high school without a diploma. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mark Felix, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI/AP) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick has released the Indiana Department of Education’s final grades for school corporations across the state Wednesday morning.

About 8 percent of school districts received an A grade under ratings approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education. That’s down from the 46 percent of Indiana’s 289 districts receiving an A rating last year.

The biggest jump was in districts receiving B ratings. Nearly 61 percent got that grade, up from 32 percent last year.

Twenty-nine percent of districts received C grades. Five districts received D ratings, and the only F went to the Gary Community Schools.

The percentage of students passing the ISTEP’s language arts and math sections dropped by double digits under a revamp after Indiana withdrew from national Common Core standards in 2014.

To view the full list of school districts and its final letter grade assigned, click here.