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Gov. Nixon commends Caruthersville High School academic performance

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited the Caruthersville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 9 to commend students and staff for their academic performance.

Caruthersville School District 18 is one of five schools districts in Missouri that improved from being provisionally unaccredited to receiving a full accreditation boost.

"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," Gov. Nixon said.

Caruthersville School District 18 made significant improvement on its Annual Performance Report, increasing its score from 61.1 percentage points to 95.7 percentage points in just two years.

"It takes a lot of work and talking to leaders here and the students, clearly they had to define what their metrics and what their challenges were and go out and meet those in a measurable way," Gov. Nixon said. "And they are doing that each and every day here and I expect them to continue to move forward."

Gov. Nixon also met up with students enrolled in the Jobs for America's Graduates program. He talked with 12 of the students in a round table discussion about their successes and future college plans.

JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at risk. This helps students stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and help lead them to better career opportunities.

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.

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

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