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5 area school districts get perfect A's in Indiana school review

About 60% of Indiana public schools are getting A or B letter grades for student progress, while about 7% received failing grades that could position them for state takeover if they don't improve.

The South Bend School Corporation includes a high number of those failing grades. 7 South Bend Schools failed. 14 of the 32 South Bend Schools saw their scores drop, while only 5 schools improved.  Dickinson School stands out as one of two schools in the state to improve from an F to an A in one year.

All schools in the Bremen, Penn-Harris-Madison, Wa-Nee, Warsaw, and Westview school districts received A grades this year.  To see the scores of schools in your district, go to the Department of Education's website.

The State Board of Education approved the grades for the nearly 2,100 public schools across the state on Wednesday.

The grading system is based largely on student standardized test scores, graduation rates and college and career readiness. Critics have argued that the rules for the grades are unfair and inaccurate.

Education officials say overall, 43 schools moved up at least three letter grades.

The state carried out its first-ever takeovers last year of 4 schools in Indianapolis and one in Gary after years of poor student scores.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

An earlier version of this story said 8 South Bend Schools had received a grade of "F." The state has since amended the number to 7.

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