Pocahontas School Earned Spotlight Schools Recognition

The State Board of Education recently recognized Pocahontas School as an Illinois Spotlight School for consistent academic achievement. Principal Jason Rakers told us how they earned the recognition.

“Pocahontas School made adequate yearly progress for the last two years, both in 2012 and 2013 under No Child Left Behind,” Rakers said. “There’s also other criteria, such as at least 60 percent of our students had to meet or exceed both reading and mathematics in 2013 and at least 50 percent of students had to meet or exceed those same standards in reading and math the previous years, 2012 and 2011. So it’s quite an honor for our students. Not only our students, our staff and parents — all the hard work they’ve done in school and at home. We’re very proud of everyone. We’re one of 37 schools statewide to have received such a recognition.”

Rakers said the school is excited to receive the recognition and proud of everyone who made it possible including the entire school staff, the PTO and the students.

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