Nisley Honored for Closing Achievement Gap
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Friday the Colorado Department of Education announced the selection of Nisley Elementary School as one of two schools to earn Colorado's 2013 Title I Distinguished Schools of the Year.
The award recognizes two schools out of the more than 600 Title I Schools in the state —one that has achieved academic success and one that made progress in closing achievement gaps associated with race and poverty. To be eligible for the award, schools must have: a minority population of at least 30 percent; a free/reduced population of at least 40 percent; and student enrollment of at least 200.
Nisley Elementary School was selected as a distinguished school for their work in closing the achievement gap. With nearly 80 percent of students eligible for free/reduced cost lunch in 2013, Nisley went on to demonstrate increased performance in both reading and math TCAP. In 2013, 66 percent of Nisley students were proficient or advanced on TCAP reading and 62 percent proficient and advanced on TCAP math.
The other school selected was Swink Elementary in Swink School District.
Both schools will be honored at ceremonies held at their schools. Nisley will be honored at 9 a.m. on Tuesday