BATAVIA – Batavia School District's music program has been honored for the fifth time with the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants for its commitment to music education. Batavia joins 623 districts across the country in receiving the honor, and is just one of 13 in Illinois.
The "Best Communities for Music Education" designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students, according to a news release from the district.
To qualify for the designation, the Batavia Music Department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, according to the release.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have an administration and school board who understands just how important music education is to the students and families of Batavia,” said Lisa Hatfield, BPS101 elementary band teacher, in a statement. “Our community is very passionate about maintaining this standard of excellence by supporting each music teacher and their unique programs, which is exactly the reason why we continue to receive this designation year after year.”
According to the NAMM Foundation, this award recognizes that Batavia is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.