GENOA, Ark. -- Genoa Central Elementary School has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas as a school where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire test.
Genoa Elementary received the following awards:
-- High Overall Growth (statewide)
-- High Math Growth (statewide)
-- High Overall Growth (Southwest region)
-- High Math Growth (Southwest region)
-- High ELA Growth (Southwest region)
The ACT Aspire is a yearly test put on by the Arkansas Department of Education for grades 3-10.
"It's a continuous process of working with the kids and the teachers, and growing both professionally and academically," Genoa Elementary Principal Brock Dickinson said. "It's always a priority for us to perform well on this test. We do a lot of professional learning and data-driven instruction to find out the areas our students need to grow."
Dickinson said this recognition goes to show the school's effort to always strive to be one of the best schools in the state.
"It's always amazing to be recognized," he said. "I think everybody here is beyond ecstatic to know that all the hard work put in is noticed.
"All the hard work that goes into preparing for a test like that makes you proud to see this. It's an overall group effort. We always talk to our families about being a team member and working on the same team. And I think that's the biggest thing is to see that everyone is doing a great job together."