Columbia Public Schools earn award eighth year in a row

Friday, September 23, 2011 | 10:12 a.m. CDT; updated 2:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 23, 2011

COLUMBIA — For the eighth year in a row, Columbia Public Schools earned the state’s annual Distinction in Performance award for academic achievement and progress made during 2010-2011 school year.

The award is based on 14 academic performance standards that include attendance and graduation rates, college placement indicators and MAP and ACT scores.

To qualify for the award, districts must meet 13 out of the 14 standards, according to a news release from the district.

State education officials released this year's Annual Performance Reports on Sept. 16. These serve as a public progress report of how well schools are meeting state standards for academic performance. The reports also help school officials monitor trends and make sure districts are properly serving their students’ educational needs.

Based on the final report scores, a total of 329 out of 524 Missouri school districts qualified for the award presented by the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the release stated.

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