Columbia Public Schools Wins Award for the Eighth Time

8 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, September 19 2011 Sep 19, 2011 Monday, September 19, 2011 4:56:00 PM CDT September 19, 2011 in News
By: Maggie Miller

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools said Monday it has earned Missouri's Distinction in Performance award for academic achievement and progress for the 2010-2011 school year. It is the eighth year in a row the district has earned the prestigious award. 

The Distinction in Performance award is based on 14 academic performance standards used in the accreditation of K-12 school districts. The districts must meet 13 of 14 standards to qualify for the award.

Superintendent Chris Belcher said in a news release that Columbia Public Schools is proud of its accomplishment. "Our district continues to perform at high level. And this award is a testament to the hard work out students, teacher, administrators and staff have put forth. The entire community should be proud of their work," Belcher said. 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education presents the award annually. For the 2010-2011 school year, 329 out of 524 school districts qualified for the award.

Each school district is evaluated at least once every five years. The Distinction in Performance award is based on the same criteria used in the accreditation process, but provides recognition of a district's consistent performance.

To view the final report for Columbia Public Schools, click here

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