Chugach School District wins national award

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach School District has won a prestigious national award.

The district won the 2001 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for education. It's named for former Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldridge.

Chugach has 214 students scattered in villages throughout Prince William Sound.

The award is to recognize improved student test scores and the decline in teacher turnover resulting from changes the district implemented in the early 1990s.

At that time, the district won a waiver from the state Board of Education to use a performance-based system of education rather than the credit system used elsewhere around the state.

Since the changes were implemented, students' scores in the California Achievement Test have soared, from the 28th percentile to the 78th percentile. The district placed third among the state's 54 school districts in benchmark exams last year.

The award comes with a $100,000 grant to disseminate information about the district's programs. The formal presentation of the award to the district by President Bush is expected to take place in Washington D-C in February.

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