Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

The School District of Janesville received seven national and state awards during the 2011-2012 school year!
Kennedy Elementary School was declared a “National Blue Ribbon” School in 2011.   The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, honors schools ranked among each state's highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments. 
U.S. News & World Report released its most recent list of National High School Rankings and Janesville Parker High School is ranked 19 in the state of Wisconsin out of 991 high schools, placing Parker in the top two percent in the state.  U.S. News awarded more than 4,850 gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools in the nation.  Janesville Parker High School is ranked 1,891 out of 21,776 high schools nation-wide placing the school in the top nine percent in the country.
In recognition of its potential as a model Chinese language program for the U.S., strong local leadership, demonstrated commitment to international exchange and collaboration, and global vision for the future, The School District of Janesville has been accepted as a member of the third cohort of schools in the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network.  This national network of 100 exemplary Chinese language programs is being developed over a three-year period. With this third cohort, the Network represents almost 25,000 Chinese language learners in more than 100 schools in 27 states and the District of Columbia; public schools, independent schools, and charter schools; elementary, middle, and high schools; and urban, rural, and suburban schools.

The School District of Janesville has four schools that have been recognized as “Wisconsin Schools of Recognition” for the 2011-2012 school year.  They are: Adams Elementary School (2nd year in row), Lincoln Elementary School (3rd year in a row), Madison Elementary School and TAGOS Leadership Academy. The 2011-12 Wisconsin School of Recognition awards are given to schools that have some of the highest poverty rates in the state based on free and reduced-price school lunch data. Student achievement on the 2010-11 state reading and mathematics examinations was above average for schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels. Each school also met adequate yearly progress for the past two years. Additionally, the schools either are Title I eligible or receive Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. “In these schools, teachers, parents, administrators, other school staff members, and the community work together to create an educational environment that supports children’s learning,” Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Superintendent said. “This award recognizes their efforts and sets a tone for the 2011-12 school year: celebrate success, strive for ever-higher achievement, and always focus on children’s learning.”

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