Educational Learning Systems, Inc. (ELS, Inc.) has announced that Jean Childs Young Middle School is the winner of its Reading Plus Achievement Award for the months of August and September. For their efforts, the students and teachers at Young Middle will receive a championship banner and $200 for the school.
ELS, Inc., is a provider of research-based K-12 math and reading online curriculum and professional development programs. Reading Plus is a web-based program created by ELS, Inc. for students in grades three through 12. Young Middle school students won the award over nine other Atlanta Public Schools middle schools by reading more than three million words with 80 percent accuracy during the months of August and September.
“What an outstanding start-up performance during the months of August and September by the Reading Plus team at Jean Childs Young Middle School,” ELS, Inc. Vice President Virginia Stoner said in a statement. “We selected as our award criteria the ‘Total Number of Words Read’ – a total of 3,225,415 words read with 80 percent accuracy at Jean Childs Young Middle School.”
According to Stoner, the competition will continue through the remainder of the school year with a different criteria category each month.
“We look forward to recognizing more outstanding performances from the APS Middle Schools,” Stoner said. “Let the competition begin.”
Rounding out the top five behind Young Middle were Sutton, Inman, Sylvan Hills and Harper-Archer.