Bickleton schools earn national award

— The high school was honored yesterday as one of 130 in the nation for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students.

The school district is now just one of five in the state featured on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll.

“In this era of snap-shot assessment and high stakes testing, it is refreshing to have students recognized for their opportunities during and after high school,” Superintendent Ric Palmer said.

Schools recognized with this achievement have expanded access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs, according to officials.

Districts on the honor roll demonstrated significant and consistent growth in the number of underrepresented students and students from lower-income backgrounds participating in advanced placement courses, taking the SAT and applying to four or more colleges.

The district had a 54.5 percent increase in advanced placement scores, according to officials.

“We didn’t change anything, really ...we treat kids in a holistic manner,” Palmer said.

Students who stay in a system throughout their education can be successful regardless of their background, he said.

“This proves that,” Palmer said. “For a small school, we do quite well.”

There is no application process for the award. To be included on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll, Bickleton High School had to have:

• Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took the SAT.

• Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took an advanced placement course and exam.

• Increased the total number of underrepresented students who were on track for college, as demonstrated by scoring 1550-plus on the SAT.

• Increased the total number of underrepresented students who scored a 3 or higher on an advanced placement exam.

• Increased the total number of underrepresented students who sent their SAT scores to at least four colleges.

Other high schools in the state named to the Honor Roll include Spokane, Tacoma, Tukwila and Renton.



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