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Troy schools receive Gold Circle of Quality for preschool

Rating is the state’s top rank for quality pre-K programs | 9/6/2017, 3:50 p.m.
The Troy Community School District 30-C preschool program has been awarded the Gold Circle of Quality from the Illinois State ...

The Troy Community School District 30-C preschool program has been awarded the Gold Circle of Quality from the Illinois State Board of Education’s ExceleRate Illinois plan. The ranking is given only to the top preschool programs in the state and is based on independent assessments performed by National Louis University.

“This top ranking reflects how hard our teachers work to give our Troy students the best possible preschool program,” said Anne Gmazel, Troy Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.

“We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of pre-kindergarten teachers who make our program a high quality one,” said Director of Curriculum and Assessments Kristin Johnson.

Troy’s Director of Early Childhood Education, Pam Maxey, said ranking as a Gold Circle program means that Troy’s preschool students will reap the benefits of a high quality program.

“The Troy Preschool Program places a priority on utilizing the best instructional practices,” Maxey said.

The ranking is given to schools that demonstrate quality on all standards, including meeting specific benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, group size and ratios, qualifications and professional development. The district had held the Silver Circle of Quality since 2014.

Photo: Troy Cronin Elementary School preschool teacher Laura Flynn with students Liam Heaver and Jack Christensen. The Troy School District 30-C preschool program has just received the Gold Circle of Quality rating from the Illinois State Board of Education.