By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Gov. Mary Fallin, State School Superintendent Janet Barresi, former Gov. Brad Henry and state legislators honored 188 school districts Monday with the Governor’s ACE Award.
The award was given to school districts in which 100 percent of the seniors of the Class of 2012 met all graduation requirements, including Achieving Classroom Excellence.
Area schools receiving the Governor’s ACE Award include Aline-Cleo, Beaver, Burlington, Covington-Douglas, Deer Creek-Lamont, Hennessey, Kingfisher, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Medford, Okarche, Okeene, Pond Creek-Hunter, Ringwood and Waukomis.
ACE, which was enacted in 2005 under Henry, requires high school seniors prove proficiency on four of seven end-of-instruction exams before graduation.
“To continue to create jobs and grow our economy, it’s critical to raise Oklahoma’s academic performance and develop a highly skilled work force,” Fallin said. “The ACE requirements help ensure that upon graduation, Oklahoma’s students are ready for success at the college level and beyond. The schools receiving the Governor’s ACE Award are great examples of what we can achieve when we raise our expectations for students.”