(Atlantic) The Atlantic School District received some good news this week! Tuesday night, Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein announced to the school board that the district has been selected by the Iowa Department of Education as one of the "Breaking Barriers" School Districts. This is awarded to school districts making significant differences in reducing achievement gaps.
Dr. Amstein says the Iowa Department of Education analyzed achievement scores from the Fall of 2010. The District had two instances of significant decrease in the achievement gap in the "No Child Left Behind" subgroups where they do tests. Amstein says the Atlantic School District received recognition for its efforts in reducing the achievement gap in the third-grade reading, SES group, and in 6th grade reading, between the SES group and the general academic peer groups.
Dr. Amstein said, "I believe that if you focus on a problem as far as taking a look at achievement and you concentrate on that, I think you make a difference so I applaud the administrators and also the teachers not only in the third grade in reading and the sixth grade in reading but across the district."
The award will be presented to school board member Phil Hascall, on behalf of the district, on November 16th, at the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Annual Convention at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
October 12, 2011