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Excelsior Springs Schools receive high ranking, get bronze medal

June 8, 2018 – Excelsior Springs School District received recognition from U.S. News & World Report. The school district now ranks number 38 in Missouri public schools, and received a bronze medal distinction.

District Superintendent Dr. Dan Hoehn called the ranking “awesome news,” and believes it “reflects the great and combined work of our Board of Education, faculty and staff, students, and partnerships with the community.

Superintendent Dan Hoen and Deputy Superintendent Tomlinson

Superintendent Dan Hoen and Deputy Superintendent Tomlinson

District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jaret Tomlinson also weighed in on the recent recognition of the school district by the national publication.

“National recognition is a reminder of the strides that our teachers are making with our students each and every day,” said Tomlinson. “The countless hours and dedicated service are definitely paying dividends as this bronze medal signifies.”

Tomlinson also made note of yet another distinction the Excelsior Springs School District recently received.

“This year Excelsior Springs was also selected as one of the Top 25 most innovative schools in the nation by the American Association of School Administrators,” Tomlinson said.

“It’s a great day to be a Tiger,” Hoehn added.

The U.S. News rankings included data on more than 20,500 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

Four measurements were utilized:

  • Do students exceed expectations in their states in reading and mathematics assessments?
  • Do underserved students perform better than the state average?
  • Do student graduation rates equal or exceed 80 percent?
  • Are students prepared for college-level coursework, based on the percentages of each school’s students who took and passed AP and IB exams?

Missouri is home to 567 school districts. Three schools awarded gold medals, 26 with silver medals and 133 with bronze medals. U.S. News is a recognized leader in school rankings.

By Samantha Kilgore • kimeberely@leaderpress.com

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