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State recognizes EES

POSTED: September 19, 2012 7:00 a.m.
Alan Rusch/

Ellsworth Elementary School principal Patrick Schroeder, back row left, along with EES teachers and staff, display the certificate the school received from the Kansas Department of Education as a Title One Reward School.

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Hard work and perseverance has paid off for students and staff at Ellsworth Elementary School. The school was named a Title One Rewards School by the Kansas State Department of Education.
According to EES principal Patrick Schroeder, the award is based on the school’s high academic performance during the 2011-12 state assessment tests. The school is in the top 10 percent of Title One schools in Kansas.
“It feels pretty good,” Schroeder said. “Our students and staff worked pretty hard, and it’s a great honor for them. Anytime you are recognized for something like this across the state, it feels good, I know, for our staff and our students. I am very proud of what they have done.”
Results from the school’s state assessments taken from 2009 to 2012 in reading and mathematics were used to determine the Reward Schools. Students who were enrolled by Sept. 20 and assessed in the same year were included in the calculation.
Schroeder said the Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver requires states to identify Reward Schools. These schools are identified either by high performance or by high progress. Kansas identified 10 percent, or 66 Title One schools as Reward Schools. A total of 41 schools were identified as high performance schools, while 25 were identified as high progress schools.
“We only tested third and fourth grades over here,” Schroeder said. “But our K-2 teachers do a great job preparing the students as well, because it’s a total team effort.”
This wasn’t the first time Ellsworth Elementary has received such prestigious recognition. In 2009, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

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