The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recently released its list of high performing schools across the state based on state test scores over the past three years. Hillcrest Elementary is one of 55 schools across the state that has been named a Reward School, earning the title of High-Progress School. This ranking puts them in the top 10 percent of high performing Title 1 schools in the state.
Superintendent Amy Beth Cook, pleased with Hillcrest’s academic progress stated, “This is a reflection of the thoughtful and intentional work that was embraced by Principal Burleigh and the Hillcrest teachers and staff members. Data driven decisions were made to enable the identification of student knowledge and to provide support where needed. I’m proud of their work.”
Reward Schools are classified either as “highest-performing schools” or “high-progress schools.” A highest-performing school is a Title I school (schools that have a high free and reduced meals population and receives additional federal funding) that has met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in both Reading and Math for three years, and has no significant opportunity gaps.
A high-progress school is a Title I school in the top 10 percent of Title I schools in Reading and Math combined, based on growth, for three years. Hillcrest Elementary School, on average throughout the year, has 50 percent of its students benefiting from free or reduced meals.