Couch awarded for academic achievement

Thursday, December 23, 2004

COUCH SCHOOL -- Couch School is one of 157 Missouri school districts that have earned the Distinction in Performance Award for making consistent progress in improving academic achievements.

According to officials at the school, the annual recognition is based on school districts' performance on MAP test growth and progress across the board. Districts must show improvements or high performance at every level -- elementary, middle school and high school.

To qualify for this recognition, K-12 schools had to meet 11 of 12 standards) at least 91 out of 100 points), including all the MAP based performance measures. Couch School met all 12 standards, achieving the maximum 100 points possible.

Under the state's accreditation process, school districts are formally evaluated once every five years according to state board of education standards.

The award is intended to provide an incentive for districts to focus on continuously improving academic achievement in all of the areas covered by the accreditation standards.

State education officials will recognize the district next spring.

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