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MO Gov. Nixon commends Caruthersville school for full accreditation

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Caruthersville High School Wednesday to commend students, teachers and staff for improving the district’s academic performance and receiving full accreditation from the State Board of Education.

The governor also met with students enrolled inJobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) which provides proven interventions to help young people who have potential but, for a variety for reasons, are at-risk to not graduate from high school. 

JAG helps these students stay in school, graduate, and then succeed in post-secondary education and the workforce. 

“The progress being made here in Caruthersville demonstrates what is possible when good teachers, high expectations and strong support come together to help students succeed,” said Gov. Nixon.

“The Caruthersville School District continues to make great strides, and I applaud the students, teachers and staff for their dedication and commitment to the value of public education in Missouri.”  

On Dec. 1, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to raise the classifications of five school districts from provisionally accredited to fully accredited: Caruthersville 18, Gilliam C-4, Jennings, Malta Bend R-V, and Spickard R-II. 

Each district showed significant progress in the last three years to warrant the change.

The Caruthersville School District made significant improvement on its Annual Performance Report, increasing its score from 61.1 percentage points in 2013 to 95.7 percentage points in 2015.

JAG is a non-profit youth development program committed to helping America’s high school students who have potential, but face multiple barriers, excel in high schools, prepare for success in college, and embark on a rewarding career.

Since its inception in 1980, JAG has served over 1 million students and currently serves 50,000 students in 32 states. 

JAG students have a graduation rate of over 90 percent, and approximately 80 percent of those graduates go on to postsecondary education, military service and/or full-time employment. 

To learn more about Jobs for America’s Graduates, click here.

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