updated: 9/13/2005 10:16:54 AM

Indiana Chamber Releases "Best Buy" School List

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is releasing its list of public high schools designated as the "best buys" in the state.

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These 160 schools offer the highest achievement levels for the lowest amount of tax dollars. Thirty-seven of the schools were given "honor roll" distinction. Barr-Reeve Jr-Sr. High School in Montgomery (Daviess County); Carmel High School (Hamilton County); Floyd Central High School in Floyd Knobs (Floyd County); Lake Central High School in St. John (Lake County); Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School (Madison County); and Yorktown High School (Delaware County) have all been chosen as “Head of the Class” schools which are the best of the best.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

Press Release

September 13, 2005 (INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced today the Hoosier high schools offering the highest educational achievement levels for the lowest amount of tax dollars with the release of the seventh edition of its Indiana’s Best Buys report, presented by State Farm Insurance Companies®.

Of the state’s 345 public high schools, 160 were designated as a “best buy” based on in-depth analysis of academic success versus funding levels. From this “best buy” list, 37 high schools were given the “honor roll” distinction for excelling academically despite having at-risk factors above the statewide median.

“The Best Buy schools are delivering a high-quality education product and making efficient use of taxpayer dollars,” offers Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “That combination is essential for students, businesses and communities.”

For their exemplary efforts, the top three schools from the “best buy” and “honor roll” lists were selected as “Head of the Class” members. The 2005 “Head of the Class” selections are:

- Barr-Reeve Jr-Sr. High School in Montgomery (Daviess County);

- Carmel High School (Hamilton County);

- Floyd Central High School in Floyd Knobs (Floyd County);

- Lake Central High School in St. John (Lake County);

- Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School (Madison County); and

- Yorktown High School (Delaware County).

Indiana Chamber and State Farm officials recognized all six honorees during an award presentation at each high school. Barr-Reeve, Carmel and Floyd Central high schools have also been tapped as “Head of the Class” in previous years.

“Students in today's education system represent tomorrow’s workforce leaders and will help define our economy. Therefore, the education they receive must provide them with the skills necessary to excel,” states State Farm Vice President David Champ. “State Farm supports efforts to assure that students have access to a valuable education that will allow them to achieve their greatest potential.”

Data contained in the Best Buys report was reviewed by the Indiana Department of Education, which verified it as complete and accurate. The multifactor analysis used represents one way to measure the quality of educational programming.

The goal of the Best Buys report is to celebrate and encourage excellence in Indiana schools. It is designed to accentuate the positive aspects of Indiana’s schools and point out areas in which improvement may be made.

To view the report and learn which public high schools are among Indiana’s Best Buys, visit www.indianachamber.com.

Source: Indiana Chamber of Commerce

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