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Fifty percent of Jackson County's 14 public schools earned higher marks in the latest round of A-F grades released Friday by the Indiana State Board of Education.

Three of the public schools received lower grades while four remained unchanged. Among the four parochial schools, one received a higher grade while two saw their marks drop.

Grades are based in part on ISTEP+ scores in reading/language arts and math and are meant to hold schools accountable for helping all students achieve academic growth and identify under-performing schools.

A concern remains for Medora Junior-Senior High School, which again received a failing grade for the fourth straight year. Medora Elementary School saw slight improvement, moving from an F to a D. The elementary earned an A in both 2011 and 2010.

Medora superintendent Tom Judd said officials are not pleased with the grades.

"But there's no panic," Judd said.

He said the low grades mean some major changes in programming are needed.

"The state will help us and there are other agencies willing to help," Judd said.

In other local districts:

Brownstown Central High School received an A, the middle school received a D and the elementary school a C.

Crothersville Junior-Senior High School received a D, down from a C, and the elementary school received an A, up from a C.

Seymour High School received a B, the middle school showed a drop from a C to a D, Brown received a B, Cortland an A, Emerson an A, Jackson a C and Redding an A.

Among local parochial schools, St. Ambrose Catholic and Immanuel Lutheran received an A and Lutheran Central and Trinity Lutheran High School received a B.

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