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Schools honored

Monday, March 10, 2003

MAP scores bring state recognition

EAST PRAIRIE - East Prairie High School is among public schools earning "Top 10" honors based on students' consistently high scores in one or more areas of the Missouri Assessment Program.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's annual list of highest-performing schools identifies elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentages of students scoring at the "Proficient" and "Advanced" levels in each subject area and grade level covered by the mandatory MAP tests. School buildings are grouped into three categories: buildings with less than 250 students, buildings with 250 to 500 students and buildings with more than 500 students.

East Prairie High School received the "Top 10" honors for 11th grade social studies for schools with 250-500 students.

"It is quite an accomplishment for our students, staff and community," said East Prairie Superintendent Scott Downing. "It says a lot about our commitment to education and student achievement. The students and staff are to be commended for their efforts."

Several other area schools were honored as well.

The New Madrid County Central Middle School Grade 7 was cited as a Top 10 school for performance on the science MAP exam. In the junior high - middle school communications arts (grade 7), Bernie High School was honored in the less than 250 students category while T.S. Hill Middle School at Dexter received honors in the 250-500 student category. For junior high - middle school math (grade 8), Richland High School was recognized in the Top 10 for schools less than 250 students.

Advance High School was recognized in the high school communications arts (grade 11) while Bell City High School (less than 250 students) and Scott City High School (250-500 students) were honored for their performance in high school science (grade 10).

In addition to East Prairie, Bell City High School placed in the Top 10 in social studies.

"Missouri schools aspire to be on this list," said Commissioner of Education D. Kent King. "Being among the state's top-performing schools in a particular subject and grade level is something about which students, teachers and parents can be proud."

The report is also important, King said, because it confirms that students in all types of schools - large and small, rich and poor, rural and urban - can achieve at high levels on the demanding MAP exams.