Way to go, Nisley Elementary! | PostIndependent.com

Way to go, Nisley Elementary!

The Colorado Department of Education announced this week the selection of Grand Junction’s Nisley Elementary School in School District 51 as one of two Colorado 2013 Title I Distinguished Schools of the Year.

The other Colorado school named was Swink Elementary School in the Swink School District.

The award recognizes Nisley out of the more than 600 Title I Schools in the state one that has achieved academic success and one that made progress in closing achievement gaps associated with race and poverty. To be eligible for the award, schools must have: a minority population of at least 30 percent; a free/reduced population of at least 40 percent; and student enrollment of at least 200.

Nisley Elementary School, located at 543 28 3/4 Road, was selected as a distinguished school for their work in closing the achievement gap. With nearly 80 percent of students eligible for free/reduced cost lunch in 2013, Nisley went on to demonstrate increased performance in both reading and math TCAP. In 2013, 66 percent of Nisley students were proficient or advanced on TCAP reading and 62 percent proficient and advanced on TCAP math.

A ceremony to honor this accomplishment is planned at Nisley 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Congratulations to Nisley Elementary, home of the Grizzlies!

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