Scottsbluff schools off federal low achieving list

Scottsbluff High is now off the federal persistently low achieving school list after substantially increasing its graduation rate and raising test scores.

Scottsbluff High Principal Mike Halley says raising the high school graduation rate to 85% was a key, and he praised students and staff for working hard to erase the impression that Scottsbluff High students are not doing well.

Halley says the district has instituted a lot of systems to keep from being on the list again, including a summer school program to help students retain credits, extra counseling, and alternative schooling to keep kids from dropping out.

Curriculum Director Mike Mason says instructors and others in the system are making sure students are to the level required by state standards, emphasizing more improvement and growth is necessary over the upcoming years.

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