More than 20 local schools were recognized Tuesday as 2012-13 Indiana Four Star schools.
To receive the designation, a school must be in the top 25 percentile of schools in three categories based on ISTEP+ scores, according to the Indiana Department of Education.
The percentiles are calculated using data from public schools but are applied to public and nonpublic schools, the department said.
A total of 311 Hoosier schools received the award.
The following local schools were named Four Star schools: Aboite Elementary, Adams Central Elementary, Adams Central High School, Bishop Dwenger High School, Blackhawk Christian Middle/High School, Carroll High School, Cedar Canyon Elementary, Cedarville Elementary, Concordia Lutheran High School, Deer Ridge Elementary, Fred H. Croninger Elementary, Hickory Center Elementary, Homestead Senior High School, Oak View Elementary, Perry Hill Elementary, St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Jude Elementary, St. Louis Besancon Catholic School, St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Campus 1, Whispering Meadow Elementary, Woodlan Primary School and Woodside Middle School.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said she was honored to recognize the hard work of each school.
Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year, and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education, I send them my sincere congratulations, Ritz said.