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Cato-Meridian Receives High Recognition

Cato-Meridian High School has been identified as a Recognition School by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) based on 2018-19 school year results.

This is the first time Cato-Meridian High School has received the award. According to a press release by NYSED, Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are currently schools in Good Standing that are among the top performing in the state under the ESSA accountability system for academic performance in the core subjects, as well as for student growth in English language arts or mathematics for elementary and middle schools and graduation rates for high schools.

"These schools also met or exceeded either the school or state Measures of Interim Progress for the English language arts and mathematics progress; the Chronic Absenteeism; and the College, Career, and Civic Readiness indicators," the release states. "These schools also met the federal 95 percent participation rate assessment requirement for the English language arts and mathematics assessments for their all students group."

Finally, Recognition Schools must also perform acceptably on the English Language Proficiency indicator (if applicable) for their all students group and not be at risk of identification as a Targeted Support and Improvement school for the performance of any subgroup.

It is the first time Cato-Meridian High School has received this recognition. Superintendent Dr. Terry Ward said he is proud to see the success of the high school.

"This is a big deal. It isn't an easy award to receive," said Ward. "Our students and staff should all be proud of this award. What they do each and every day makes a difference."
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