CATLIN — The State Board of Education will recognize the high academic improvement of Catlin High School as part of a special ceremony at Northeast Elementary School in Danville on March 9.
On Thursday, Principal Kevin Thomas said the school is being recognized for two years of improvement on the standardized state tests students take each spring.
The number of Catlin High students who met or exceeded state standards on the composite of thereading and math portions of the tests increased in both 2010 and 2011.
In 2009, only 49 percent of Catlin High students who took the Prairie State Achievement Examination met or exceeded state standards in math and reading. In 2010, 65 percent of Catlin High students met or exceeded the standards, and in 2011, 66 percent did.
Statewide, 53 percent of high school students met or exceeded standards in math and reading in 2009; that number was unchanged in 2010 and dropped to 51 percent in 2011.
"This recognition will be very nice," Thomas said. "The students, the teachers and the whole community deserve to be very proud of this."
However, Catlin High School's improvement was not high enough to meet adequate yearly progress in reading in 2011, and the school is on the state's Academic Early Warning List, according to the Illinois Interactive Report Card website.
Last August, Thomas said the students narrowly missed the goals in reading, and that the high school teachers would continue to give extra help to those students who need it.
"We want to continue to improve academically," Thomas said.