Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Blue Springs High School to recognize the Blue Springs School District for its strong record of many years of academic excellence. The Governor praised the school district for being designated as a School of Distinction for 12 years in a row. He also noted the district's impressive average graduation rate of more than 93 percent last year, as well as last year's average ACT score of 23.2.
"Today's graduates will need education beyond high school in order to access more opportunities throughout their lives," Gov. Nixon said. "School districts like Blue Springs are doing an excellent job of preparing students for success, particularly for success in obtaining a post-secondary degree. That is reflected in the fact that more than 80 percent of the district graduates last year went on to a four-year university or a two-year college."
For a public school district to achieve the Distinction in Performance Designation, the district must meet at least 13 out of 14 academic standards, including all six Missouri Assessment Program standards.
"Great schools like this don't happen by accident," the Governor said. "In addition to the efforts of teachers, there has to be tremendous community support that comes from parents, taxpayers, businesses and civic leaders, and we see this throughout Missouri."
Gov. Nixon also said his administration would continue its work to keep college affordable for Missouri students, so that they can use that education to move more easily into high-demand jobs and careers.
"Investing in our schools and workforce will keep Missouri competitive in today's economy," Gov. Nixon said. "That's why I will continue to work with Missouri's institutes of higher learning to make sure tuition remains affordable."
Last month, the national non-partisan College Board Advocacy and Policy Center released a state-by-state analysis of college tuition rates throughout the country. The report found that during the past three years, Missouri's public four-year institutions' tuition and fee increases were the lowest in the nation. Tuition rates at all of Missouri's higher education institutions remain below the national average, while Missouri's colleges and universities continue to see record enrollment.