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St. Mary’s receives NCEA award
Feb 17, 2010 | 389 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left are K-3rd grade Reading Director Alice Whitley of SMACS, State Sen. Florence Shapiro, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, NCEA Managing Director Angela Hall Watkins and third-grade teacher at SMACS Lindsay Levander. They were attending an NCEA symposium in Austin.
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The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) recently released the 2009 edition of its Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools. St. Mary’s Academy Charter School was recognized based on the indicators listed for third-grade reading.

Since 1995, NCEA has used longitudinal data to support the goal of helping K-12 students reach College and Career Readiness (CCR). NCEA focuses on defining appropriate learning goals for K-12 students, promoting higher learning standards to K-12 policymakers and producing researched-based professional development solutions for educators. Schools recognized for CCR are in the top five percent of the schools in the state, based on the percentage of students at or above NCEA’s College and Career Readiness Targets.

Attending the NCEA Symposium and Awards Presentation in Austin on Jan. 19 was K-third-grade Reading Director Alice Whitley and third-grade teacher Lindsay Levander. The event included panels of leading superintendents and principals of higher performing schools as well as Lori Fey, portfolio director of the Dell Foundation. Keynote speaker of the Austin event and presenter of the awards was State Sen. Florence Shapiro, chair of the Senate Committee on Education.
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