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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Moyer Elementary Earns Top National Academic Achievement Award

Exceptional student performance and academic growth earned Ruth Moyer Elementary in Fort Thomas a top national academic honor.

by Robin Gee

Ruth Moyer Elementary is one of only 57 schools across the U.S. to receive a top honor as an example of a school with strong, superior, federally funded school programs in place. 

Dr. Dawn Laber, the principal at Moyer, sees the award as a team effort and something students, staff, teachers, leadership and parents should all take pride in.

“Ruth Moyer is honored to receive this prestigious award.  The ESEA values individualized, successful and innovative student initiatives and they reward schools for their strong partnerships between school, parents, and the community.  All of these closely align to our mis-sion statement and what we strive for each day at Moyer,” Dr. Laber said.  

“Our tag line on all correspondence and to the kids is #TogetherWeAreBetter.  That is fitting for this award because it was only achievable by working as a team for our children.”

The award comes from the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NESEA), an organization of state and U.S. territory ESEA administrators charged with overseeing the federal National Elementary and Secondary Education Act on the state level.

Moyer Elementary was the only Kentucky school to receive a 2020 Distinguished School Award, and received it based on “Category One” criteria — A school demonstrating exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years.

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Other categories were schools who demonstrated closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years (Category Two) and those schools demonstrating excellence in serving special populations of students (such as homeless or migrant students) (Category Three).

Springdale Elementary in Cincinnati was the only other school in the Greater Cincinnati area to be honored, selected under Category Two.

The NESEA, based in Fort Bragg, California, has honored federally funded school programs since 1996. Schools honored demonstrate an array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community.

The NESEA might be more familiar to people as the National Title 1 Association. The organization recently changed its name. See the NESEA Distinguished Schools Program webpage for more information.

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