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Area schools earn high marks


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – Some schools in our area are already making the grade on the first day of the new school year.

The state Department of Public Instruction has given Wisconsin School of Recognition awards to 116 elementary, middle and high schools across the state.

The awards go to schools with some of the highest poverty rates. What makes the schools stand out is that their state reading and math test scores are above average among comparable schools. Each school also has made adequate yearly progress for the past two years. The schools also either are Title 1 eligible or receive Title 1 funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of poor students.

Some schools are repeat winners, like the middle/senior high school in Abbotsford, which has received the award for seven years in a row. Others, like the Jefferson School for the Arts in Stevens Point, are just getting it for the first time.

Winning schools will be recognized October 12th at the state Capitol and will receive a $5,000 check to use for the school.