Three Batesville schools received a four-star award through the Indiana Department of Education Tuesday.Nine local schools have been designated as a four-star school, the Indiana Department of Education announced Tuesday.In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories. A total of 311 schools received the award throughout the state.Three schools in the Batesville Community School Corporation received the award including Batesville High School, Batesville Middle School and Batesville Intermediate.Batesville Primary students do not participate in the state issued ISTEP testing.Other schools receiving the distinction include:Greensburg Community Junior High SchoolJac-Cen-Del ElementaryNorth Dearborn ElementaryOldenburg AcademySouth Ripley Junior High SchoolSt. Lawrence SchoolSuperintendent Ritz congratulated these schools today. “I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” said Ritz. “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.”A more complete methodology outlining Four Star determination and awarded schools can be found through the Indiana Department of Education website.