CPS receives national recognition as District of Distinction
COLUMBIA - Officials said Thursday that Columbia Public Schools was honored by an education magazine as a District of Distinction for its efforts related to student achievement.
The national recognition honors school districts that are said to be leading the way with new ideas that work, according to District Administration magazine.
Officials said CPS was selected for its work to improve student outcomes, streamline operations and meet the needs of the community.
CPS launched its AEO (Achievement, Enrichment, and Opportunity) initiative in August 2014 to cope with tremendous enrollment growth over the past decade, as well as ancillary issues including the increasing free/reduced lunch rate, raising the number of English-language learners and helping homeless students, according to District Administration.
CPS raised the overall graduation rate from 83 percent in 2011 to 90 percent in 2015, including an increase for black students from 67 percent to 80 percent, officials said.
District Administration reported increases were seen in other target categories, such as students reading at grade level by the end of third grade, and the overall number of super subgroup students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes and taking associated tests.