We have many good reasons to be proud of our community. Our strong traditions, good neighbors and continual growth are all proof that this is a great part of Indiana to work and live. An excellent example of that is Otwell Elementary, which continually receives honors and awards for their high achievement and strong academic standards. It was recently announced to be a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education (USDOE).
Otwell Elementary is one of nine schools in Indiana to receive this honor and one of 304 in the nation. The USDOE honors schools that demonstrate student achievement gains or score at very high levels on state assessments. In November, the National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
In the last two years, Otwell Elementary has also received exceptionally high scores on the ISTEP.
In 2010 they were the only school in the state to have 100 percent of their students pass the ISTEP math exam. For this year, and for the last five years, they have exceeded 90 percent passing levels on ISTEP.And for all nine years of the No Child Left Behind program's existence they have passed its requirements.. They have also been named a Four Star School the last two years.
This does not happen by accident. It takes commitment from parents, students, faculty and staff all working hard to give and receive a top-notch education. Their commitment to education sets a very high standard for schools both in Indiana and across the nation.
We are lucky to have such dedicated individuals in our community, and I know they are not the only ones. The strong work ethic I see demonstrated in organizations across District 63 is something we should all be proud of and continue to strive for. I look forward to continuing to congratulate members of our community for their success and achievements in the future.