Six Gardner Edgerton School District schools earned the Governor’s Achievement Award. The award recognizes the top 5 percent of performing schools in Kansas. Edgerton, Gardner, Madison, Nike, and Sunflower Elementary Schools as well as Pioneer Ridge Middle School received the honor.
The district’s five elementary schools join 36 other elementary schools in Kansas to receive the award. Pioneer Ridge is one of 11 middle/junior high schools to receive the honor.
Additionally, GE students achieved the state standard of excellence designation in 64 out of 67 categories district-wide this year. All eight schools testing more than one grade level in reading and math earned the building-wide Standard of Excellence designation – earning 18 of 18 possible.
All Edgerton and Sunflower Elementary School students scored proficient or better in math making them the only schools in Johnson County to accomplish 100 percent proficiency.
To receive the Governor’s Achievement Award, schools had to achieve the Standard of Excellence in reading and math; achieve Adequate Yearly Progress in reading, math and one additional measure – attendance for elementary and middle schools and graduation rate for high schools; and earn scores in the top 5 percent in reading and math on the 2010 state assessments.
“We have created exceptional opportunities to help students prepare and become confident on our curriculum before taking state assessments,” said
Sue Amos, USD 231 Testing Coordinator.  “Administering formative assessments and our Quarterly Tests gives staff valuable information which allows teachers to individualize instruction and identify areas in which students need help to master a skill.”