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East High Street Elementary School Earns Reward School Status

Dec 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

December 15, 2015- Elizabethtown Area School District’s East High Street Elementary School has been honored by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as a “High Achievement Reward School” for student performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). This prestigious designation is a result of East High Street Elementary being one of the highest 5% of Title I schools on aggregate math and reading on the PSSA.

This is the second year in a row that East High Street Elementary and its faculty and students have been honored by USDE as a “Reward School.” Last year the school received recognition as a “High Progress Reward School.” This honor recognized the school’s efforts to close the achievement gap in reading and math on the PSSA.

East High Street Elementary is one of only three schools in Lancaster County to receive the “High Achievement” distinction. In total, 98 like-awards were given out to schools across the Commonwealth at all levels.

Title I is a federal designation given to schools with a high percentage of low-income students. There are more than 1,800 Title I schools in Pennsylvania, which encompasses about 61 percent of all schools. Schools who have earned Reward—High Achievement or Reward—High Progress designation are eligible to compete for additional Collaboration and/or Innovation Grants.

According to Amy Balsbaugh, school principal, the East High Street Elementary team has worked hard to continue to support the students.

“I’m proud of our students and families and all we have accomplished these last two years but the best is yet to come,” said Balsbaugh. “We are committed to providing our students with targeted literacy interventions and supports, as well as increasing parent involvement opportunities, to engage families in literacy learning.”

Photo caption: Students, faculty and administration are proud to be East High Street Elementary, having earned recognition from US Department of Education two years in a row.

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