State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement Thursday.
“What a great way to start the school year,” he said in a written release. “By recognizing schools for their success at educating our students, we put the focus where it belongs: on our children.”
To be considered for the recognition, a school has to be in the Title I program with a significant number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. All schools must also meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals.Schools were considered in three different categories: high-achieving schools; high-progress schools; and beating the odds schools.
Both Giese and Westridge fall into the Beating the Odds category so they had to meet the follow criteria:
- In the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
- Above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels