April 28, 2011

SCR-I School District Receives Distinction in Performance Honor

Final grade cards will not go out for another month at Scotland County R-I, but the district itself was given top marks recently.

SCR-I was among the schools honored with 2011 Distinction in Performance awards at the Celebration of Success Banquet held on the campus of Truman State University in Kirksville on April 20th.

Dr. Paul Yoder, Chair of the Department of Education at TSU, presented awards to 36 regional school districts.

Scotland County was honored with the award for the seventh time. Schuyler County was also recognized for the seventh time while Clark County received its sixth award and Knox County was honored for the fifth time.

Kirksville R-III, Palmyra R-I and Shelby County R-IV were all honored as 10-time recipients of the Distinction in Performance.

A total of 360 school districts qualified for the honor, bestowed annually by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Of the schools honored for progress made during the 2009-10 school year, 301 districts were K-12 while 59 were K-8. Last year a total of 320 districts received the distinction.

To receive Distinction in Performance, K-12 districts must meet 13 of 14 performance standards, including all six MAP test-based measures. K-8 districts must meet six of seven performance standards including all four MAP-based standards.

The standards are based on the same guidelines used in the state mandated Missouri School Improvement Program. MSIP evaluates each district once every five years to determine the district's accreditation.

Yoder noted that the Distinction in Performance award is based on these same criteria used in the accreditation process, but offers an annual confirmation and recognition of districts' consistent performance.

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