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GETTING SCHOOLED: WCCS touts successes, work areas on report

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — From one end of a chain to the other, there are links that collectively hold the whole together.

According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor, the same philosophy is in place for success in the district.

WCCS recently published its annual performance report as a corporation. There were numbers that were both positive and negative, but O’Connor was pleased overall and attributes the success to the hard work of teachers.

“There’s no single thing,” she said. “It’s the hard work of teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade. Everyone plays a part.”

On the upside for the district was in the increase in high school students preparing for post-secondary education. The percentage of students who took the SAT has increased by nearly 17 percent throughout the past three years.

“That’s a positive, since that indicates students who are likely to attend college,” O’Connor said.

The percentages of students graduating with a Core 40 diploma or Honors Diploma with Core 40 also rose. The Core 40 number was eight percent higher than the state average, and the honors total was 12 percent higher than the state average.

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