Elizabeth Scott Elementary wins national Title I honor

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Only 100 U.S. schools selected as National Title I Distinguished Schools

Elizabeth Scott Elementary has been named a National Title I Distinguished School. Elizabeth Scott is the sixth Chesterfield County elementary school to achieve this national recognition: Bellwood won in 2011, Beulah in 2010, Harrowgate in 2006, Chalkley in 2005 and Bensley in 2002.

Elizabeth Scott Elementary students, teachers and staff members learned about the National Title I Distinguished School award today during a surprise announcement. (Also today, Elizabeth Scott Elementary celebrated being named one of Virginia’s 55 Title I Distinguished Schools by the Virginia Department of Education.)

National Title I Distinguished Schools are honored by the National Title I Association. Each year, two schools in each state are recognized for excelling in one of two categories: exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years or closing achievement gaps among student groups. Elizabeth Scott Elementary won for closing achievement gaps.

Elizabeth Scott Elementary, which embraces “Make Every Minute Count” as its mantra, is fully accredited and has met federal annual measurable objectives for the past two years. Located at 813 Beginners Trail Loop, the school has 899 students; 45 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and 29 percent come from families that do not speak English as their first language.

These charts demonstrate the schoolwide Title I school’s success in closing achievement gaps in reading and math. (Gap group 1 includes students with disabilities, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students. Gap group 2 is African-American students. Gap group 3 is Hispanic students.)

Reading

English AMO Target: 2012-2013

English:

2012-2013 Accountability Year

Exceeded AMO

(%)

English AMO Target: 2013-2014

English

2013-2014 Accountability

Exceeded AMO

(%)

All Students

85%

93%

+ 8

66%

79%

+ 13

Gap Group 1

76%

88%

+ 12

52%

69%

+ 17

Gap Group 2

76%

97%

+ 21

49%

81%

+ 32

Gap Group 3

80%

89%

+ 9

53%

67%

+ 14

Asian

92%

100%

+ 8

80%

88%

+ 8

Economically Disadvantaged

76%

89%

+13

52%

70%

+ 18

Limited English Proficiency

76%

84%

+ 8

44%

61%

+ 17

Students with Disabilities

59%

78%

+ 19

30%

61%

+ 31

White

90%

93%

+ 3

74%

84%

+ 10

 

Mathematics

Math AMO Target: 2012-2013

Math:

2012-2013 Accountability Year

Exceeded

AMO

(%)

Math:

2013-2014 Accountability Year

Exceeded AMO

(%)

All Students

64%

84%

+ 20

89%

+ 25

Gap Group 1

52%

75%

+ 23

84%

+ 32

Gap Group 2

51%

84%

+ 33

92%

+ 41

Gap Group 3

56%

74%

+ 18

85%

+ 29

Asian

82%

100%

+ 18

94%

+ 12

Economically Disadvantaged

52%

74%

+ 22

86%

+ 34

Limited English Proficiency

46%

65%

+ 19

81%

+ 35

Students with Disabilities

41%

74%

+ 33

73%

+ 32

White

69%

88%

+ 19

89%

+ 20

 

Principal Joan Temple credits staff, community partnerships and positive relationships inside and outside the school as important factors in the school’s success. “Closing the achievement gap would not have occurred without the support from our parents, families, extended families and our community,” according to information the school submitted as part of the recognition process. “Our teachers have built a climate of trust where successes and failures can be shared with the ultimate goal being to improve student achievement. … The combination of their love of learning and positive collegial relationships has cultivated learning experiences for children which have positively impacted test scores. … Teachers work hard to maintain a relationship with each student in their classroom so each child knows he or she has a caring adult who believes in them. It is not unusual to see our teachers out in the community supporting our students in extracurricular activities.”

One outstanding partnership is the Greenleigh Learning Cottage, located in Greenleigh Mobile Home Park, where almost one-quarter of Elizabeth Scott’s students live. The learning cottage offers after-school tutoring for academically at-risk students and English language learners, provides soccer and fitness activities and teaches life skills such as leadership, focus and hard work. Partners working with the School Board and Chesterfield County Public Schools in the Greenleigh Learning Cottage include Chesterfield County government (Fire, Police and Social Services departments), Chester Family YMCA, Bermuda Baptist Church, First Touch Sports, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Ironbridge Baptist Church, Fit4Kids and Greenleigh Mobile Home Park.