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  • Recognizing Oak Trace Elementary School

    by Senator Joe Donnelly

    Posted on 2015-12-08

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    DONNELLY. Mr. President, today I wish to applaud Oak Trace Elementary School of Westfield, IN, for being recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Established in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized over 7,500 public and nonpublic schools that have demonstrated a vision of educational excellence for all students, regardless of their social or economic background. Since its inception, this program has offered the opportunity for schools in every State to gain recognition for educational accomplishments in closing the achievement gaps among student groups.

    Oak Trace Elementary School continues to be one of the best performing schools in the State of Indiana. It has been named an Indiana Four Star School several times.

    In 2014, Oak Trace Elementary School's ISTEP+ pass rate for English/ Language Arts scores increased by over 2 percent to a full 100 percent. Mathematics scores increased to 98.7 percent combined for third through fourth grades.

    Oak Trace Elementary School's effectiveness can be found in its holistic approach and dedication to student achievement. Oak Trace staff, students, and students' families work together to teach and instill values that develop strong character including integrity, responsibility, effort, and kindness. With some of the highest English and mathematics scores in Indiana, Oak Trace Elementary School is a stellar example of the benefits that result from dedication, motivation, collaboration, and family partnership in education.

    I would like to acknowledge Oak Trace Elementary School principal, Robin Lynch, the entire staff, the student body, and their families. The effort, dedication, and value you put into education led not only to this prestigious recognition, but will benefit you and our communities well into the future.

    On behalf of the citizens of Indiana, I congratulate Oak Trace Elementary School, and I wish the students and staff continued success in the future.


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