Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Schools Given State Achievement Awards

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Schools Given State Achievement Awards

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The state Department of Education has presented Keystone Achievement awards to more than 1,000 schools in the Commonwealth -- 39 of them in the West and Beaver County -- that have met the state's standards for Adequate Yearly Progress for two consecutive years.

This goal was achieved by meeting a variety of standards required by the state's accountability system and the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The academic targets for the 2003-2004 school year indicated that 35 percent of students needed to be considered proficient or better in math and 45 percent in reading. In the current school year, the percentages will be increased to 45 and 54 percent, respectively.

Here are the Keystone Achievement winners:

Ambridge Area -- Economy and State Street elementary schools; high school.

Beaver Area -- Brighton Township and College Square elementary schools; middle school and high school.

Big Beaver Falls -- Big Beaver and Koppel elementary schools.

Blackhawk -- Intermediate school and high school. …

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