By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
During Monday evening’s regularly scheduled USD No. 480 Board of Education meeting, several schools were recognized for their achievements on the 2010 Kansas State Assessments. Superintendent Lance Stout was pleased to be able to present the board with some “very good news.”
“This evening, I would like to begin with some very good news,” Lance Stout said. “As a result of the Kansas State Assessments being official in October, we have had a lot of positive information come to our offices.”
Lance Stout asked Director of Data and Testing Jill Stout to present the specific schools with their awards of achievement.
“We have five schools that have received some recognition for their performance on the 2010 Kansas State Assessments,” Jill Stout said. “There are a variety of awards that are available so now that all the data is official and has been approved by the state board, all of these things are coming to light.”
Liberal High School was presented with The Challenge Award of Recognition.
“This award is from the task force called Confidence in Kansas Public Education,” Jill Stout said. “By receiving the award, Liberal High School stands as an excellent example of one that believes all children can learn, expects them to do so and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their substantial ability.
“This award is recognizing Liberal High School with what they call The Challenge Award of Recognition for uncommon accomplishment with closing the achievement gap in 11th grade math based on the 2010 Kansas State Assessments,” she explained.
Lincoln Elementary and West Middle School were presented with Standard of Excellence Awards.
“These awards will be presented to Lincoln Elementary and West Middle School,” Jill Stout said. “In order to be a Standard of Excellence School, if you are at a K-3 building you have to have a minimum of at least 25 percent of the students that took the test score in the exemplary category, which is the highest performing level of the state assessment. You can have no more than 5 percent in academic warning, which is the lower performing level. Lincoln Elementary receives the award for their math results.
“West Middle School’s criteria is a little bit different than the K-3,” she continued. “Middle schools have to have at least 20 percent in the exemplary category and no more than 10 percent in the academic warning. West Middle School has received the Standard of Excellence in seventh grade reading and building-wide reading as well.”
McDermott Elementary and MacArthur Elementary were presented with the Governor’s Achievement Award for their exceptional performance on the Kansas State Assessments.
“In order to attain this award, the building has to have Standard of Excellence in both reading and math, they have to meet all AYP requirements and they are in the top 5 percent of all elementary schools in the State of Kansas,” Jill Stout said.