Several area schools were among 132 earning Wisconsin School of Recognition awards at a ceremony yesterday in Madison.
To be eligible for Wisconsin School of Recognition honors, each school was among the top quartile for student poverty rates for its school type, based on free and reduced-price school lunch data. Additionally, student achievement on statewide reading and mathematics assessments in each school was higher than the state average for similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
Areas Schools receiving recogntion include West Elementary in Antigo, Florence Elementary and Middle School, Land O’Lakes Elemntary in Northland Pines School District, and Hawthorne Hills and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools in Wausau.
State Superintendent Tony Evers presented honors to the 132 schools. Each school will receive a plaque and $1,000 for use on any school-related activity. Eight schools that have earned School of Recognition awards for five consecutive years will receive a special flag to mark their achievement.
Marengo Valley School in Ashland has earned recognition for 10 consecutive years and will receive a Schools of Recognition banner in addition to the plaque and check.