11/10/10 State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett honored Bremen Public School Corporation for its high academic achievement growth in math and english/language arts.

Bremen Public Schools reported a math academic growth of 63.1 percent, the second highest in the state. The schools also reported an english/language arts growth of 45.7 percent, the tenth highest in the state. This growth was calculated by the Indiana Department of Education’s (DOE) Growth Model.

Indiana’s Growth Model measures how much students learn in each subject over a school year. The Growth Model (for statistical purpose) groups children with peers who score similar results on ISTEP exams. After two years of recorded test results, these groups are analyzed and growth/decline is then reported. The DOE labels the results, after two years, as “low,” “typical” or “high.”

“I am very pleased with Bremen Public Schools,” said Rep. Friend. “I am proud to have the DOE and Dr. Bennett honor our community’s schools with a Certificate of Achievement for high academic growth. This is a direct result of Bremen’s educational policies and teachers’ hard work.”

Eight other schools were honored in the Statehouse, along with Bremen Public Schools.

In Rep. Friend’s legislative district (House District 23), Blair Pointe Upper Elementary and Akron Elementary School were both recognized for their high academic growth as well as their county’s leader in academic growth.

Blair Pointe Upper Elementary had the highest academic growth in Miami County in math and english/language arts.  They reported a math academic growth of 46.9 percent and english/language arts growth of 45.5 percent.

Akron Elementary School had the highest academic growth in Fulton County english/language arts.  They reported an english/language arts growth of 35 percent.

“It is worth noting that Bremen is a small rural community with great accomplishments,” said Rep. Friend. “Bremen Schools have vastly different circumstances from the urban schools honored today. Bremen and one other school, of the nine that were honored, were the only rural schools reporting very high growth. The other state leaders were urban schools.”


  • State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy), House District 23
  • Larry Yelaska, Bremen Elementary/Middle School Principal
  • Dr. Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Deb Hueni, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Sabrina Wickens, 7th Grade Math Teacher
  • Russ Mikel, Superintendent of Bremen Public Schools