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Hickman High School earns state recognition for continued collaboration

Hickman High School is one of 10 schools statewide being recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for its continued efforts to maintain implementation of Professional Learning Communities standards.  An original receipient of the Exemplary Professional Learning Communities Schools recognition, Hickman is now being honored for continuing to build upon its work.  


Professional Learning Communities are an ongoing process that directs educators to work collaboratively in recurring cycles to gather data and determine strategies to help students achieve better results. Hickman High School has focused on utilizing data-based decision-making to empower students to be stewards of their own learning.  The school has used the process to develop a buildingwide Response to Intervention system that is responsible for greatly reducing the number of students struggling in core courses. In addition, the process has helped the school adopt universal grading practices as it moves toward to standards-referenced grading, which measures a student’s mastery of the essential standards for a class or how well the student understands the material taught in class.