Three Kenosha Unified elementary schools have earned recognition from the state for “beating the odds” to ensure student achievement, including one that will receive the award for the fourth year in a row.
Grewenow, which has been recognized with the designation from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction since the 2015, will be joined by Roosevelt and Edward Bain School of Language and Art–Dual Language program with similar honors.
The dual language program has also received the award for the second consecutive year and had been honored previously in 2015.
The three local schools are among the 114 “schools of recognition” in Wisconsin receiving federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children, according to the education department.
They will be honored at a May 20 ceremony at the Capitol in Madison, where Wisconsin’s education Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor will recognize 19 High-Achieving schools, 23 High-Progress schools and 81 Beating-the-Odds schools. Nine schools achieved in more than one category. Special recognition will be given to schools earning awards for five, 10 or 15 consecutive years.
In earning the distinction of schools that have beat the odds, Grewenow, Bain and Roosevelt have populations in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and above-average student achievement in reading and math compared with schools in districts of similar size, grade configurations and poverty levels, according to the department. Data used to determine the awards is from the previous school year.
Unified Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis praised the schools’ staff and students for their diligence and achievement.
“We are extremely proud of the staff and students,” she said of the three schools. “Their hard work in ensuring students are receiving a high-quality education is reflected in their growth in the areas of reading and mathematics. This work could not be done without their strong commitment to providing excellent, challenging learning opportunities or their drive to connect families with their school communities.”
The superintendent said she is impressed with the efforts of the staff who “go above and beyond to cater to the needs of our students to ensure they grow and succeed both socially and academically.”
“It is heartwarming to know we have such caring, passionate educators who give their all for the families of our community,” she said.
A look at the data
At Roosevelt, student achievement in English and math significantly exceeded state expectations, with a school score of 86.5 in state accountability ratings for English and math, beating the state average by more than 20 points during the 2017-18 academic year, according the data. Roosevelt also exceeded state expectations for growth in both core subject areas.
Grewenow has also continuously met state expectations in English and math in consecutive years, while the dual language program at Bain scored above average compared with their peers in similar educational settings meeting and exceeding growth expectations in the two areas, respectively, according to school report cards issued by the state.