The staff of the Clay Community School Corporation, one of only 19 school districts honored in the state, was recognized for their excellence in significantly narrowing the achievement gap between the economically disadvantaged and all students.
Superintendent William Schad notified the staff of Standard and Poors' performance evaluation findings.
"It is indeed an honor and a tribute to all the faculty and staff who have worked hard to ensure that kids learn. I am humbled and proud to have been a part of your efforts," he wrote in a letter sent to all staff members Tuesday.
To be recognized, school districts must serve all grade levels kindergarten through 12; enroll an average of 30 students per subgroup per grade level; reduce the achievement gap in overall reading and math proficiency rates between at least one set of student subgroups by more than five percentage points over the past two school years; and simultaneously raise reading and math proficiency rates of both of the subgroups being compared.
"Receiving this recognition is evidence verifying that the initiatives we have put in place are starting to show positive results. Student achievement is increasing. Narrowing achievement gaps between student groups is a more complex activity than most people realize." Schad said. "It sounds easy but it is a difficult and complex undertaking. Not only did our efforts narrow the achievement gap for the economically disadvantage students, we were able to do so at the same time we were improving the performance for all students. I can't stress enough the significance of this achievement. It took ALL of our employees to make this happen. Everyone deserves the credit."
childhood education and intervention," LEAAP Prevention Coordinator Mary Yelton said. "We hope that through these programs, along with providing parents the opportunity to improve their own education, children entering school will continue to be better prepared to learn and maintain the level of excellence as a result of the exemplary instruction and support that the staff of Clay Community Schools provides for its students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Congratulations to all the outstanding staff members who have worked so diligently for the children."
Early intervention and daily preparation are important factors for students' success in school.
"One of the goals of the CAPE grant is to help children become developmentally ready to succeed academically through early