To the editor,
I was pleased to tour Golden Lake Elementary recently with Principal Chris Gerst and Superintendent Brian Dietz, both of whom were proud of the school’s recent award for performance-raising success.
Just five years ago, Golden Lake was in the “Needs Improvement” category for achievement with special education and free and reduced lunch students.
Now, after implementing strategies which successfully boosted student achievement, Golden Lake has been named a “Rewards School” by the Minnesota Department of Education. The school received the 11th-highest Multiple Measurement Report rating in the state, including high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.
The ratings were based on standards tests in reading and math, with students in grades 3-5 tested each spring. The scores for Golden Lake in proficiency, student growth and achievement-gap reduction were in the 99th percentile.
We should all be proud of the diligent work of Mr. Gerst and the entire staff at Golden Lake bringing children in our area to a new level of success in the classroom! Congratulations to students, staff and parents – and keep up the good work!
Rep. Linda Runbeck