WASHINGTON (AP) -- Representatives of the Chugach School District received a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award on Thursday for outstanding educational achievements.
President George Bush presented the award to Superintendent Richard DeLorenzo at a White House ceremony.
The award was the first for a school district.
The Chugach district office is in Anchorage. It serves 214 students in Whittier, Chenega Bay and Tatitlek, and at extension sites in Valdez, Anchorage and Fairbanks.
The district was recognized for delivering instruction in the workplace, in the community, in the home and in school to students from preschool to age 21. The district uses a standards-based system and relies heavily on technology.
According to the district, every student has an individual learning plan developed by students, teachers, and parents that lets students learn at their own pace. To move to the next level in the curriculum, students are required to demonstrate proficiency.
The award recognized improvements in standardized test scores, greater numbers of students taking college entrance exams and a significant reduction in faculty turnover.
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