Eichold-Mertz School of Math, Science and Technology is one of 50 schools across the state selected by the Alabama State Department of Education to share $1 million allotted by the Alabama Legislature to reward them for showing the most improvement in last year’s third-grade reading results.
Divided evenly, each school will receive a $20,000 check as a way of recognizing and incentivizing teachers and students who have worked hard to achieve proficiency in reading by the third grade, as measured by last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment.
Eichold-Mertz Principal Michelle Adams said the award is confirmation that the collective efforts of the school’s faculty, administration and staff are paying off.
“The reading scores dramatically improved due to a consistent effort from kindergarten to fifth grade, by researching and sharing with one another across grade levels, and knowing what our children should be held accountable for knowing and doing,” Adams said.
There will be a special recognition and awards ceremony on Sept. 13 in Montgomery after the September Alabama State Board of Education meeting. Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama legislators, and other dignitaries will be on hand to personally congratulate representatives from all 50 schools.