Lincoln pupils soar

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Third-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School have been recognized for “outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishment” on state assessment tests in math and reading.
A letter from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force noted the recognition came for how the students performed on assessment tests and other qualifying factors, including sample size, ethnicity and socio-economic status of those taking the tests.
Dr. Craig Neuenswander, superintendent of schools, told board members Monday night only 21 percent of the state’s districts had a school so recognized and just 29 schools had earned two certificates.
“Lincoln is the first school in USD 257 to be recognized with this award,” he said.
Neuenswander said the district earned Standard of Excellence recognition in 18 different assessment test areas.
“Our previous high was 16,” he said, “and it should be remembered that the standards for AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) are elevated each year.”
The recognitions come after the district as a whole was put on improvement because of a component of AYP that takes into consideration graduation rates. USD 257 failed last year to reach the standard for graduation rates for students with special education needs, partly due to dropouts.