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ABSS Schools Earn Regional Awards

Eastlawn Signature School: Pictured L to R: Eastlawn Academic Coach Carrie Sockwell; Principal Daniel McInnis, Assistant Principal Tameka Cloud; and Superintendent Dr. Bill Harrison

Eastlawn Signature School:
Pictured L to R: Eastlawn Academic Coach Carrie Sockwell; Principal Daniel McInnis, Assistant Principal Tameka Cloud; and Superintendent Dr. Bill Harrison

Woodlawn Signature School: Pictured L to R: Andrew Brehler, ABSS Executive Director of School Administration; Principal Brian Williams; Assistant Principal Suzanne Simpson; and Superintendent Dr. Bill Harrison
Woodlawn Signature School:
Pictured L to R: Andrew Brehler, ABSS Executive Director of School Administration; Principal Brian Williams; Assistant Principal Suzanne Simpson; and Superintendent Dr. Bill Harrison

ABSS Schools Earn Regional Awards
1/4/17  
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The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium recognized two Alamance-Burlington schools as Signature School Award recipients at their annual awards ceremony on Friday, December 9 in Greensboro.

Eastlawn Elementary School and Woodlawn Middle School were selected as award winners based on significant demonstrated improvement during the past 12 months in a wide array of indicators such as: positive systemic change throughout the school; academic achievement for all students, overall quality of teaching, and successful engagement with parents and the community. The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium is a collaboration of sixteen K-12 public school districts and seventeen higher education institutions in central North Carolina, including Alamance Community College and Elon University.

Eastlawn Elementary set high academic growth targets and earned Exceeded Expected Growth status for the 2015-2016 school year on North Carolina End of Grade test results. Staff members’ consistent focus on collaboration, data teaming, progress monitoring and teaching standards alignment throughout the school year resulted in a robust fifteen (15) percent increase in End of Grade proficiency scores. In addition, Eastlawn students in grades K-2 experienced a sixteen (16) percent increase in required mClass TRC reading proficiency scores. Each grade level performed above the district average and above the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Region 5 average.

At Woodlawn Middle School, faculty members focused on improving student learning through the use of flexible daily intervention periods that did not sacrifice core instruction. The entire staff focused on the use of student performance data as a means of continuous progress monitoring and goal setting to track increased in student performance. Students and staff members worked collaboratively to establish individual student SMART goals as a result of staff/student conferences held with each child. Students became more aware of their ability to develop their own academic and personal success. Intensive analysis of eighth grade science test results indicated a gender gap. Students were identified who could benefit from daily intervention designed to enhance and reinforce core instruction. As a result, the subgroup of female students achieved a fourteen (14) percent higher Career and College Ready rate than the male subgroup and an eighteen (18) percent higher rate than their prior year performance.