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State honors 8 St. Charles schools

ST. CHARLES – The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded eight St. Charles School District 303 elementary schools with academic awards, the district announced Monday.

Corron, Ferson Creek, Fox Ridge, Lincoln, Norton Creek, Wasco, and Wild Rose elementary schools received the Academic Excellence Award for 2012. This was the sixth consecutive award for Lincoln and the fifth consecutive award for Ferson Creek, Fox Ridge, Norton Creek and Wasco.

Recipients must have made adequate yearly progress in 2011 and 2012, and 90 percent of their students must have met or exceeded state standards in reading and math for at least three consecutive years.

Statewide, 454 schools earned the Academic Excellence Award for 2012. District 303 is one of eight school districts to have at least seven schools earn it. The four unit school districts with more schools awarded than District 303 – Chicago, Elmhurst, Indian Prairie and Naperville – have more total schools than St. Charles.

Richmond Intermediate School was also named as one of the 81 statewide recipients of the ISBE Academic Improvement Award for 2012 for making substantial gains in student performance.

St. Charles schools earned 1.5 percent of all the awards given statewide even though the 17 District 303 schools account for only 0.3 percent of all the schools in the state.

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