The Salem Elementary School has done an excellent job at preparing its students for the future, which can be shown in the awards the school has recently received or have been nominated for.
Elementary Principal David Turnbough said Jan. 27 the school will receive its 2009 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools recognition from Gov. Mike Beebe and Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell in Little Rock.
This campaign is sponsored by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA). As part of the school's recognition, it will be invited to share insights with NCEA on what the school has done to prepare its students and make the school a success. The school will also listen to other superintendents and principals of higher performing schools at a regional NCEA event.
The school received this recognition based on one of two measures, which are growth and college and career readiness (CCR). According to the NCEA, "Schools recognized for growth achieved better improvement rates for their students compared with other schools with similar demographics. Schools recognized for CCR are the top five percent of schools in the state, based on the percentage of students scoring at or above NCEA's CCR targets."
Salem Elementary was recognized for its growth in grades 3 through 5 in math.
The school was also nominated for the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
According to the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Schools Program, "The Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap. (Salem Elementary) was nominated based on one of two assessment criteria: 1) students at (the) school achieve in the top 10 percent on state testes regardless of students' background; or 2) (the) school has shown dramatic improvement in student performance to high levels on state tests with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds."
"The U.S. Department of Education requires us to fill out an application," Turnbough said. "Only four schools in the state were nominated. Hopefully, we'll be able to go to D.C. next year to accept the award." The application must be submitted by Feb. 26.