Valley Grove Elementary School honored by Rep. Terri Austin for outstanding student achievement

March 2, 2016 Terri Austin

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March 2, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Terri J. Austin (D-Anderson) gained overwhelming support from Indiana House members today for her resolution to honor the Valley Grove Elementary School for its outstanding student achievement. Students and teachers from Valley Grove, Principal Jan Koeniger, Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Thompson, and other Anderson Community Schools staff members were present to receive the recognition.

House Concurrent Resolution 66 recognizes Valley Grove Elementary School in Anderson for its selection as a 2015 National Title I Association Distinguished School at their national conference in February. Valley Grove was presented the award for their success in closing the achievement and opportunity gap at the school.

For the past four years the school has been recognized as an A or B school and has seen steady school-wide improvement.

“This dedicated group of teachers and administrators has worked to ensure that all students see improvement,” said Austin. “The hard work of these wonderful individuals deserves to be recognized.”

Austin said the school has employed creative methods of incorporating and engaging families. Officials also were lauded for implementing an eight-step process for instruction and assessment in 2013 to ensure that all students receive the attention and encouragement they need.

Through these initiatives, Valley Grove Elementary School has seen a positive effect on student achievement, contributing to the A rating the school has received since 2013.

“Under the leadership of Principal Koeniger, Valley Grove has seen steady improvement in their English and math ISTEP scores,” commented Austin.

“Beyond their commitment to academic performance, Valley Grove administrators and teachers urge their students to always do their very best. The encouragement and commitment of these individuals is what makes this school so very special.”

As a former classroom teacher and administrator for Anderson Community Schools for 20 years, Austin has been an advocate this session for strong legislation to improve education in the state and recognize teachers for their valuable work.