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(Lewiston). Schools from across the state were recognized today by the Idaho State Board of Education. The Distinguished School awards and the Additional Yearly Growth awards are given each year to schools that show outstanding growth and improvement on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

“The Board congratulates the schools who met the rigorous requirements to achieve this honor,” said Ken Edmunds, President of the State Board, “Idaho is truly fortunate to have teachers, students and administrators who have created high performing schools that serve as examples to other schools across the state and the nation.”

Edmunds recognized the following nine (9) schools as Distinguished Schools for 2011-2012:           
•           Carey Public School, Blaine County School District  
•           Central Elementary, Nampa School District   
•           Challis Elementary School, Challis Joint School District        
•           Filer Elementary School, Filer School District
•           Garfield Elementary School, Boise Independent School District
•           Grace Junior/Senior High School, Grace Joint School District
•           Idaho Arts Charter School, Nampa    
•           Lowell Elementary School, Boise Independent School District          
•           Rocky Mountain High School, Joint School District No. 2 (Meridian)

Matt Mahannah, Principal of Filer Elementary School, was on hand to receive the award for his school.  Schools that were unable to attend the award ceremony will be honored in local presentations over the coming weeks.

The Distinguished Schools Award is given to the top 5 percent of schools who achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) two (2) consecutive years and show improvement in least one group or subgroup.

The Board also honored the following six (6) schools for achieving the 2011-2012 Additional Yearly Growth Award:
•           Capital High School, Boise Independent School District       
•           Hamer Elementary School, West Jefferson School District   
•           Wilder Elementary School, Wilder School District
•           Rocky Mountain High School, Joint District No. 2 (Meridian)
•           Salmon River Junior/Senior High School, Salmon River Joint School District
•           Victor Elementary School, Teton County District

The Additional Yearly Growth Award is given to schools that achieve AYP two (2) consecutive years and show improvement in at least one group or subgroup.

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