Black Hawk Middle School earns recognition for third straight year

Black Hawk Middle School earns recognition for third straight year

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Black Hawk Middle School was recognized for the third year running as a Wisconsin School of Recognition by the Department of Public Instruction.

Wisconsin School of Recognition awards go to top performing schools that have high numbers of students who qualify for the free and reduced-price school lunch program.

Madison has had as many as seven schools recognized in 2005 and no schools recognized in 2008 in the nine years the state has awarded schools as part of its accountability program under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Deputy Superintendent Sue Abplanalp said fewer schools received the distinction this year because the proficiency benchmarks under No Child Left Behind increased last year.

"We always want to have more Schools of Recognition," Abplanalp said.

DPI recognized 116 schools state-wide, down from the 138 in the 2009-10 school year and 182 in 2008-09.

Schools that received the award tested above average for schools of similarly sized districts, schools and poverty levels in state math and reading exams. Recipients also met yearly progress standards for the past two years and qualify for or receive Title I funding for schools with high numbers of economically disadvantaged children.

The recognition comes with a $5,000 grant from the federal Title I program that will be awarded at a ceremony Oct. 12 in the Capitol.

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