As annual testing time approaches, teachers at Lincoln Elementary received an extra bonus in honor of their work on last year’s tests.


As annual testing time approaches, teachers at Lincoln Elementary received an extra bonus in honor of their work on last year’s tests.

The school, which had an API of 1478, had the third highest Academic Performance Index of Oklahoma schools with an average daily attendance between 136 and 235.

In honor of the high score, all full-time certified staff at Lincoln received a $1,000 check.

“It’s very exciting and the timing of it is good. Teachers can become drained with their own test anxiety,” Principal Jill Day said. “They work so hard to help the students with test anxiety. Up until now, there hasn’t been anything to remove their test anxiety, so this is an added bonus.”

The API is based on a school’s testing results and attendance and ranges from 0 to 1500. Lincoln increased its API from 1210 in 2007-08 to 1478 in 2008-09.

However, this wasn’t Lincoln’s only big accomplishment for the 2008-09 school year. It also reached Great Expectations Model School status for the first time, which it has maintained for this school year.

According to Day, the accomplishments have been a team effort.

“The teachers teach from bell to bell. We work with parents to schedule appointments after 3:30 because even checking out early affects the academic day,” Day said.

In addition, writing and speaking skills have been worked into the physical education and music curriculums.

“Both classes did activities to enhance what teachers are doing in the classrooms. It’s exciting that they got the award too,” Day said.

Despite the lack of state-mandated testing in first and second grade, the teachers for those grades were also honored.

“First and second-grade teachers build the foundation to produce a solid academic student,” Day said.

Other programs at the school include using Literacy First for reading and having students spend 45 minutes three days a week in the computer lab to remediate and enrich skills taught in classrooms.