Tefft Recognized for Academic Achievement

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Tefft Recognized for Academic Achievement


Byline: Submitted by U-46

Tefft Middle School recently received Breakthrough School Redesignation from the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The recognition came after the MetLife Foundation and NASSP re-examined all Breakthrough Schools from 2008-2010 to determine the sustainability of student achievement and continuous growth over the past three years. Tefft was one of 10 schools in the nation to be named a Breakthrough School in 2010.

"I want to commend Principal Smiley and her staff on this well-deserved honor," said Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jos M. Torres. "The staff's steadfast commitment to improvement has had a noticeable impact on the school environment and the academic success of the students."

Initiated in 2007, the Breakthrough Project strives to showcase middle and high schools that are high achieving or are dramatically improving student achievement and serve large numbers of students living in poverty. The schools that are selected for the annual award share common strategies -- collaborative leadership; alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and a highly personalized, caring environment. …

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