For the 5th consecutive year, Gideon Pond 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.
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, 119 schools received the Reward designation. Thirty of those schools have achieved that designation four times, and only 14 schools — including Gideon Pond — have achieved that designation for a fifth consecutive time.
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, and especially give big congratulations to the 14 schools receiving this designation for the fifth time in a row," 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."