03/13/06 — Meadow Lane Elementary on state's honor list for 9th time

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Meadow Lane Elementary on state's honor list for 9th time

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on March 13, 2006 1:54 PM

Meadow Lane Elementary School will be recognized later this month for having achieved high growth standards under the state's ABCs accountability program for nine years in a row.

On March 29, school representatives will be presented with an Academic Excellence award during the North Carolina Association of School Administrators' "30 Years of Excellence" gala, to be held in Raleigh. Meadow Lane is one of 38 elementary, middle and high schools across the state being recognized for exemplary performance.

Under the ABCs program, there are two measures of performance -- growth, measured from the pre-test at the beginning of the year to the post-test or end-of-grade tests, and whether the student has performed at or above grade level.

"The state sets the level of expected growth for every school based on the pretest. If you exceed that, you make high growth," explained Celia James, Meadow Lane principal. "The piece that our school has been able to maintain over the nine years that they have had the program in place is the high growth."

She said it is an honor to represent Wayne County Public Schools in this way and credited her staff at the school with being supportive.

"This is accomplished through years of combined effort and a lot of team cooperation," she said. "This is a great honor for the staff, students and parents Meadow Lane has served over the past nine years. We are extremely proud of our staff and appreciate the support of our parents as we work together to encourage the best in every child."

Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor also commended the school.

"All of our schools work diligently to raise the bar for student achievement. It's exciting to see the hard work of students, staff, and administrators at a school pay off. Meadow Lane Elementary School is deserving of this award and sets a fine example for schools across the state," Taylor said.