JOHN A. JOHNSONACHIEVEMENT PLUS
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA
Mr. DAYTON. Mr. President, I rise today to honor John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School, in Saint Paul, Minnesota,which recently earned an Award for Excellence in Education for its exceptionaland innovative achievements in educating children.
John A. Johnson Elementary School istruly a model of educational success. Astate-of-the-art community school, it was the first recipient of the Richard W.Riley Award for Excellence in Community Schools, which is conferred by theKnowledge Works Foundation, a public education philanthropy in Ohio. John A. Johnson Elementary, which serves 320children in kindergarten through grade six. Was deemed the best community school in the Nation and won thisdistinction merely four years after opening its doors.
As one of Minnesota’sbest-performing schools serving children of a predominantly low-incomepopulation, Johnson has accumulated truly impressive academic accomplishments. For example, during the school’s first twoyears of operation, 2000-2002, only 50 percent of the children tested averageor above average on standardized reading tests. However, for the past two years, nearly 80 percent scored average orabove average.
Improvements in math scores at John A. Johnson Elementaryare equally remarkable. Last year,standardized test scores in math were within two percentage points of thedistrict average. Only three years ago,John A. Johnson pupils were 30 points below the district average.
John A. Johnson Elementary does more than teach children; itis structured to assist families and reduce barriers to education that impedechildren’s learning. The schoolintegrates support services by forming partnerships with many communityorganizations and making these services available to help parents.
Much of the credit for John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School’s success belongs to its principal, FrankFeinberg, and the dedicated teachers. The students and staff at John A. Johnson Elementary Schoolunderstand that, in order to be successful, a school must go beyond achievingacademic success; it must also provide a nurturing environment where studentscan develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for success throughoutlife. All of the faculty, staff, andstudents at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School shouldbe very proud of their accomplishments.
I congratulate John A. Johnson Elementary School in Saint Paul for winningthe Award for Excellence in Education and for its exceptional contributions toeducation in Minnesota.