At times, fifth graders at Evansville Elementary run the show in math class, showing that student power helps close the achievement gap. Now it is earning them a national award.
Teacher Amy Radden talks at the beginning of class for five or 10 minutes before the students take over. And now, allowing students to learn and teach together is being recognized nationally as a Title 1 school which is closing the achievement gap.
“We really put our power with the students,” Radden said. “Our mission statement is empowering students to succeed.”
The state Department of Education announced that over 80 percent of Evansville’s students in several grades are “proficient or advanced” in math. Students who receive subsidized lunch beat the state average in math. The school has won a Title 1 award for its progress.