Madison Elementary receives National Title I Distinguished School Award

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Madison Elementary has been named a 2017 National Title I Distinguished School by the Nebraska Department of Education. This award is given to two schools across the state each year for achieving extraordinary gains in student achievement in a Title I school.   Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students. Madison Elementary serves 196 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and its demographics include an 84.12% minority population and an 80.69% percent free and reduced lunch population, which is based on family income levels.

Madison Elementary has been selected as a Category 2 recipient for this award. This means the school showed extraordinary growth in closing the Achievement Gap between Student Groups. The students at Madison Elementary have made exceptional gains in achievement and closing the gap over the past seven years, as evidenced by statewide assessment scores.

In 2010, Madison 3rd grade student’s proficiency level in reading was at 65%. In 2016, Madison 3rd grade student’s proficiency level in reading was at 92%. In mathematics, in 2011, Madison 3rd grade student’s proficiency level in math was 55%. In 2016, Madison 3rd grade student’s proficiency level in mathematics was 93%. In 2010, Madison 4th grade student’s proficiency level in reading was at 48%. In 2016, Madison 4th grade student’s proficiency level in reading was at 84%. In mathematics, in 2012, Madison 4th grade student’s proficiency level in math was 71%. In 2016, Madison 4th grade student’s proficiency level in mathematics was 84%. In 2010, Madison 5th grade student’s proficiency level in reading was at 43%. In 2016, Madison 5th grade student’s proficiency level in reading was at 57%. In mathematics, in 2011, Madison 5th grade student’s proficiency level in math was 50%. In 2016, Madison 5th grade student’s proficiency level in mathematics was 87%.

“This is an extraordinary honor for all of our students, staff, and parents here at Madison Elementary.” said Andrew Offner, principal at Madison Elementary. “This is a result of all the hard work and dedication of the staff here at Madison Elementary.” “We would not be where we are today without the dedication of our staff and the support of our parents.” “ To be a part of such an elite group of schools from across the state and country is a tremendous honor.”  ”Our Students, staff, and parents are proud to represent Nebraska as one of the schools from across the nation.” “It has renewed and reenergized our belief that we make a difference every day in lives of our students.”

In February, Madison Elementary School representatives will travel to Long Beach, Calif., to attend the National Title I Conference and be recognized as a distinguished school.