LHS, TCCHS earn Best High Schools award
by Shane Dunaway
TALLADEGA COUNTY — Two Talladega County schools earned national recognition as 2013 Best High Schools Bronze Medal winners, an award given by U.S. News & World Report every year in April.

Lincoln High and Talladega County Central High schools received the honor based on state exam performance by each school’s students.

Of the more than 21,000 schools evaluated from 49 states and the District of Columbia, only 13 percent were selected for a Bronze Medal. Seven percent of the schools received the Silver Medal and 2 percent received a Gold Medal from the publication.

This marked the second consecutive year LHS took home a Bronze Medal.

According to the evaluation, LHS students scored a high proficiency rating in math with 91 percent of the students meeting or exceeding academic content standards. The students fared well in English, achieving an 81 percent proficiency rating.

Approximately 541 students are enrolled at LHS, with 70 percent of the students coming from economically-disadvantaged households.

Of those considered disadvantaged, 86.7 of the students were considered proficient — 3.3 percent more than the state average.

“Being listed in the top third of all high schools in Alabama is truly an honor,” LHS principal Terry Roller said. “Our teachers and staff, as well as our students and parents are committed to establishing academic excellence. This is a wonderful recognition that shows our students in ‘little ol’ Lincoln’ are just as prepared and competitive as students in other parts of the country.”

Students at TCCHS boasted a 100-percent proficiency rating in math, with more than one quarter of enrollees exceeding academic content standards. English proved to be a tougher study, topping out at 77 percent proficiency with no students exceeding the standard.

The demographic at TCCHS features a smaller student population of 192 students, but a greater percentage of economically-disadvantaged students — 88 percent. More than 91 percent of the disadvantaged students were proficient, exceeding the state average by 8 percent.

“It’s a great accomplishment for our school,” TCCHS principal Tim Young said. “Our staff shares the same vision (superintendent) Dr. Suzanne Lacey has for our schools. The Board of Education does a phenomenal job of providing our school with the resources needed to be recognized as one of the top schools in the country.”

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com.

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