State lists Pittsford, Brighton, Rush Henrietta, others as ‘Reward Schools’

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) – Several local school districts have been recognized by New York state for their high accomplishments.

Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia from the state Education Department announced Thursday that 155 schools in New York State were identified as “Reward Schools.”

Making the list locally were Pittsford, Brighton, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Rush Henrietta, Caledonia-Mumford and Penfield schools.

What is a “Reward School?” The state says they are schools with high academic achievement or with the most progress in the state and that do not have a significant gap in student achievement based on factor like income disparity.

Betty Rosa, the Board of Regents chancellor, said, “The teachers and administrators at these Reward Schools work hard each day to raise the bar and give their students opportunities to achieve their dreams.”

She goes on to say how impressed she was with the schools’ results and how “thrilled” she was for their success.

There are a few qualifications for a school to be identified as a Reward School including being amongst the top schools in English Language Arts and mathematics tests scoring.

Commissioner Elia also adds that, “All of these schools serve as models to others in the state to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement.”

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