All four schools in the Avon Grove School District received Keystone Achievement Awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for sustained academic progress. The awards were presented to public schools that achieved adequate yearly progress for both the 2005 - 2006 and 2006 - 2007 school years.A large keystone - shaped placard will be displayed at each school. They were presented to representatives from each school by Avon Grove School District's superintendent, Augustus J. Massaro, at the Jan. 10 school board meeting.

"I want everyone to know that this achievement was a collective effort," said Massaro. "We are proud of our students and applaud the hard work of our teachers, staff and administrators."

"If there is one award that a school should proudly show off to visitors, it is the Keystone Achievement Award," said Pennsylvania Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak in a press release.

All public schools in Pennsylvania are required to be evaluated each year under the No Child Left Behind Act. It requires states to set gradually increasing proficiency levels in order to reach 100 percent student proficiency by 2014.

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