Voorheesville high school gets state designation

VOORHEESVILLE — Voorheesville’s high school is on a list of 185 schools in New York identified as Reward Schools.

Reward Schools “demonstrate either high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement between certain populations of students,” according to a press release from the state’s education department.

Voorheesville was included in the high performing category.

In order to make the list, a school must be in the top 20 percent in the state for English language arts and math performance for the last two academic years, according to the release. They must also have made adequate yearly progress for the last two academic years and not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance.

The statewide list included elementary, middle, and high schools — the criteria for high schools included having a graduation rate of more than 80 percent. Voorheesville’s graduation rate is 97 percent, according to the state’s education department.

The percentage of students who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation or a Career and Technical Endorsement must exceed the state average.

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