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Lindbergh High School twice appears on state's 'Top-10 Most-Improved' list


February 23, 2005 - Lindbergh High School has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for appearing twice on the state's "Top-10 Most-Improved" list of schools.

The distinction was awarded to the high school for having one of the largest net increases in the percentage of students scoring in the proficient and advanced levels of the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, test from 2000 to 2004, according to a district news release.

Lindbergh High School finished second in the state for schools of more than 500 students in 11th-grade communication arts with a 14.9 percent increase.

In 10th-grade mathematics, the high school placed third in the state.

Within the past five years, Lindbergh High School has placed a real emphasis on communication arts and mathematics, the release stated.

"Our instructors have worked at personalizing lessons for students and our students have responded,'' Lindbergh High School Principal Ron Helms stated in the release.

"Teachers and students worked hard in every subject area to make achievement in communication arts and mathematics a priority," stated Nancy Rathjen, assistant superintendent for curriculum.

"Lindbergh High School had a 15 percent change of improvement in communication arts and a 19 percent change of improvement in mathematics. Our Board of Education put a focus on student achievement by providing additional support for students in these two areas. Additional instruction groups were formed both during the day and after school for students who needed extra support in reading, writing and mathematics concepts,'' Rathjen added.

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