GMS recipient of national award

by nathan oster
Greybull Middle School finds itself in some elite company. Only 66 schools in the nation can call themselves a National Title I Distinguished School — and GMS is one of them.
David Holbrook, a representative of the Wyoming Department of Education, presented a plaque to GMS Principal Scott McBride during the school’s awards assembly held Friday morning in the GHS auditorium.
Holbrook, speaking for Supt. of Public Instruction Cindy Hill who was unable to attend, told students and staff that each state may select two schools for national recognition — one for exceeding its adequate yearly progress for two or more years, the other for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.
GMS’s nomination was based the school meeting the criteria of significantly closing the achievement gap, Holbrook said.
According to the Department of Education, GMS closed the achievement gap in the following ways during the 2011-12 school year:
• In the sixth grade, the school moved the percentage of its Free and Reduced Lunch students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” in reading from 68 percent in 2010-11 to 95 percent in 2011-12. The non-Free and Reduced Lunch group increased from 74 percent to 92 percent. This equates to a 9 percent close in the achievement gap for this subgroup of students in reading.
• In the seventh grade, the school increased the percent of students at “proficient” or “advanced” in reading. The Free and Reduced Lunch group moved from 48 to 79 percent, the non-Free and Reduced Lunch group moved from 74 percent to 83 percent. This equates to a 22 percent close in the achievement gap.
In seventh-grade math, the percentage of students testing “proficient” and “advanced” moved from 48 to 74 percent within the Free and Reduced Lunch group, and from 79 to 88 percent within the non Free and Reduced Lunch group. This equates to a 17 percent close in the achievement gap.
• In the eighth grade, the school increased the percent of students “proficient” and “advanced” in reading from 47 to 67 percent within the Free and Reduced Lunch group and from 81 to 88 percent within the non-Free and Reduced Lunch group. This equates to a 13 percent close in the achievement group.
Faculty from the school will be invited to travel to Nashville for the National Title I Association conference.