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Bickleton students rank #1 in state in math, reading

BICKLETON - Just three years ago, Bickleton High School ranked eighth in the state on the statewide high school proficiency and end of course exams.

But that's small potatoes compared to last year's scores.

For the 2010-11 school year Bickleton High School sophomores ranked first among 433 schools statewide.

The students at Bickleton earned 100 percent scores in math and reading exams, earning bragging rights among all other schools across the state.

Nearly six years ago Bickleton Superintendent Ric Palmer said the district began implementing a reading program to increase students' reading abilities. The program includes assessment and intervention pieces to ensure a student's success.

"After (the students) got settled in with that program, we did the same with math, then science," he added.

Palmer says many students at Bickleton are just as successful as last year's sophomores, but some years the class sizes are too small to earn a state ranking; there must be more than 10 tests submitted to get state recognition. Last year's sophomore class consisted of 11 students.

Palmer says the current junior students at Bickleton have just one more year of high school left and are well prepared and on their way to becoming successful college candidates.

"They are a great bunch, they've been that way all the way through really," he added.

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