For the third consecutive year, Edward Neill Elementary School in Burnsville is being recognized as a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) based on results of the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), the state's measurement of school performance.
"At Neill, our success is due to the incredible hard work of staff and students," said Principal Dr. Elizabeth Vaught. "We ensure that we are differentiating instruction daily to meet individual student needs. This requires us to collaborate regularly to analyze data and make instructional decisions that will benefit students. We make a difference by prioritizing our school culture and building strong relationships with students. Our students know they are cared about and that a high bar is set for them. We involve them in their growth towards academic goals and their investment in their own learning is shown in our data. At Neill, we strive to succeed together every day by learning from each other and prioritizing student needs."
Reward Schools rank among the top 15 percent of Minnesota schools that qualify for federal Title I funding, which is based on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. This year, only 119 schools received the Reward designation.
Reward schools have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements in state exam proficiency, student growth, graduation rates and closing achievement gaps, according to MDE. The department will share lessons learned and strategies from these schools with other Minnesota schools.
"I want to congratulate each of the Reward schools today," said MDE Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. "These schools have proven year after year that they are leaders in education for our state. I am excited to visit each of these schools and learn about best practices that can be shared with schools throughout Minnesota."