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Kansas schools recognized for student performance

MONDAY, JANUARY 03, 2011 18:06 PM

As education reform continues across the country, more states are looking to recognize certain schools that demonstrate a commitment to providing the best education possible so their students can achieve high exam scores.

Approximately 74 schools in Kansas were recognized during the fourth annual Governor's Achievement Awards, which measures institutions that have the top performing scores in the state, according to Topeka's CBS affiliate, KWCH.

The source reports that in order to receive the honor, schools must show Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and math, in addition to scoring in the top 5 percent in the subjects on the state assessment standardized tests.

There were 42 elementary, 12 middle and 20 high schools that were given the honor, demonstrating that they were above other schools in the state.

"These schools are to be commended for having achieved this recognition," said Diane DeBacker, Kansas Education Commissioner, in a statement. "The Governor's Achievement Award identifies a school as not only setting high expectations, but helping students gain the skills and knowledge needed to achieve to those expectations and beyond."