Battery Creek High wins national honor in education reform

info@islandpacket.comMarch 11, 2013 

Battery Creek High School is one of six schools nationwide to receive an award for efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

The school was awarded the TAP Ambassador Award, which carries a $5,000 prize, for reaching beyond its campus to represent the principles of the TAP system and assisting others in the state, region and nation, according to a news release Saturday.

Battery Creek High School principal Ed Burnes accepted the award during a luncheon of more than 1,200 educators and policy leaders at the 13th National TAP Conference in Washington, D.C.

The System for Teacher and Student Advancement offers teachers career advancement, professional development and performance-based compensation. Managed and supported by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, the program targets high-need schools, according to a news release.

TAP officials gave the high school its highest rating for "value-added student achievement growth."

High school exit exam passage rates for first-time test-takers at Battery Creek increased from 85.7 percent in 2010 to 92.4 percent in 2012. End-of-course exam pass rates increased from 43.9 percent in 2010 to 64 percent in 2012, according to state data. On-time graduation rates rose from 54.2 percent in 2010 to 71.2 percent in 2012.

The school also received an "A" under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Federal Accountability System, as well as an "Average" absolute rating and a "Good" growth rating on its 2012 state report card, compared to "Below-Average and "At-Risk" ratings in prior years.

"TAP has strengthened learning teams throughout our building," Burnes said in a news release. "Having an excellent leadership team has enhanced our ability to make sound, data-driven decisions. As a result, our outcomes have been beyond expectations."

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