Breaking the Barriers Award for Madison Elementary School in Davenport

November  09, 2012

   Davenport has one of the most improved schools in Iowa. Today school district and city officials held an assembly at Madison Elementary School to congratulate the students for their latest scores on the Iowa Assessment test.
    Principal Sara Gott says eleven years ago just 29 per cent of Madison students were considered proficient in math and reading - but now it's 84 per cent.
    "Our African-American students last year in math showed growth more than 25 per cent. They said they've never seen a group show that much growth in one year."
    Madison students spend two hours a day on reading, students needing extra help meet in the morning before school, and there's after school tutoring available. Parents are also required to read with their children every night, and encouraged to meet with teachers and staff.
    Davenport superintendent Art Tate also congratulated the Madison students for their hard work.
   "Now you've got to do the same thing next year. It's real great to get these awards but you've really got to keep doing it. And this is very very important, that you keep at it, that you keep setting the example for the entire district."
    Madison is one of just five schools that'll be honored next week by the state board of education, with the award for "Breaking the Barriers to Teaching and Learning."
    School officials also thanked the community for its help at Madison Elementary - including Saint Paul Lutheran Church,  Saint Ambrose University, Republic Companies, Genesis Health System, and the John Deere Foundation.