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49d1621e48491 Supt. Derek Hutchins, Principal William McSparin, and State Supt. Chris Koch
Supt. Derek Hutchins, Principal William McSparin, and State Supt. Chris Koch

State Superintendent Recognizes Crab Orchard High School

Crab Orchard, Ill. -

Crab Orchard High School received a 2008 Academic Improvement Award from state superintendent of education Dr. Christopher A. Koch Monday morning.

"We're excited about the award," COHS principal William McSparin said. "Hard work went into the academic improvement by staff, guidance counselors, students and parents."

COHS was one of 28 high schools in the state to receive an Academic Improvement Award, which recognized schools that show increased testing scores for at least three years, with an overall jump of 15 percent in that time or a 7.5 percent increase on the most recent tests.

In 2006, 37 percent of COHS students to take the Prairie State Achievement Exam met or exceeded standards. Fifty-four percent of the students met the mark in 2008.

"This goes to show students in a small school can still get a quality education," school superintendent Derek Hutchins said. "This speaks highly of the staff, community and students."

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