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Challenge Award

 

The Challenge Awards were created to honor schools that performed well on the state assessments and had high percentages of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those who live in poverty and often members of a minority group.

Administrators and teachers have started to see the Challenge Awards as motivation to reach for even higher levels of academic performance. The awards help showcase the many positive academic achievements taking place in schools with predominately high-risk populations.

Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force announces 2021 Challenge Award recipients

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 92 schools as recipients of the 2021 Challenge Awards.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,800 awards have been presented to schools across the state.

Certificates of Merit will be presented to schools by Kansas State Board of Education members.

The Challenge Award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas Assessment results in math and reading, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism rates and the socio-economic status of those taking the test.

The Confidence in Public Education Task Force is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to strengthen confidence in Kansas public education and to increase awareness of the positive aspects of public education in the state. The Task Force was created in 1981.

Members of the Task Force include:

  • American Association of University Women
  • Kansas PTA
  • Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB)
  • Kansas National Education Association (KNEA)
  • Kansas State Board of Education
  • Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHAA)
  • Kansas Partners in Education
  • League of Women Voters – Kansas
  • United School Administrators of Kansas (USA-Kansas)

Please direct any questions regarding the Challenge Awards to Tamla Miller, tmiller@ksde.org

2021 Challenge Award Schools

 

Abilene USD 435
  • McKinley Elementary School
     
Caldwell USD 360
  • Caldwell Elementary School
  • Caldwell Secondary School
     
Central Plains USD 112
  • Central Plains Junior-Senior High School
     
Chaparral USD 361
  • Anthony Elementary School
  • Harper Elementary School
     
Cherokee USD 247
  • Southeast Elementary School
  • Southeast Middle School
     
Concordia USD 333
  • Concordia Middle School
     
Deerfield USD 216
  • Deerfield Middle School
     
Derby USD 260
  • Oaklawn Elementary School
  • Paul B. Cooper Elementary School
  • Wineteer Elementary School
     
Dexter USD 471
  • Dexter Elementary School
     
Dodge City USD 443
  • Central Elementary School
  • Miller Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Sunnyside Elementary School
     
El Dorado USD 490
  • Blackmore Elementary School
  • Skelly Elementary School
     
Elk Valley USD 283
  • Elk Valley Elementary School
     
Emporia USD 253
  • Logan Avenue Elementary School
     
Erie-Galesburg USD 101
  • Erie High School
     
Fairfield USD 310
  • Fairfield Schools
     
Galena USD 499
  • Galena Middle School
  • Liberty Elementary School
     
Garden City USD 457
  • Victor Ornelas Elementary School
     
Geary County USD 475
  • Grandview Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
     
Golden Plains USD 316
  • Golden Plains Middle School
     
Great Bend USD 428
  • Great Bend High School
  • Park Elementary School
  • Riley Elementary School
     
Grinnell USD 291
  • Grinnell Middle School
     
Hamilton USD 390
  • Hamilton High School
     
Hays USD 489
  • Lincoln Elementary School
     
Healy USD 468
  • Healy Elementary School
     
Hutchinson USD 308
  • Faris Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
     
Independence USD 446
  • Independence Middle School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
     
Jayhawk USD 346
  • Jayhawk Elementary School
     
Kansas City USD 500
  • Arrowhead Middle School
  • Bertram Caruthers Elementary School
  • Emerson Elementary School
  • John Fiske Elementary School
  • Mark Twain Elementary School
  • Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
  • Thomas A. Edison Elementary School
     
Kingman-Norwich USD 331
  • Kingman Middle School
     
Lakin USD 215
  • Lakin Middle School
     
LeRoy-Gridley USD 245
  • Southern Coffey County Elementary
     
Lewis USD 502
  • Lewis Elementary School
     
Lincoln USD 298
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lincoln Junior-Senior High School
Lyons USD 405
  • Lyons Central Elementary School
     
Macksville USD 351
  • Macksville Elementary School
     
Marion-Florence USD 408
  • Marion Middle School
     
Minneola USD 219
  • Minneola High School
     
Montezuma USD 371
  • South Gray High School
     
Morris County USD 417
  • Prairie Heights Elementary School
     
Newton USD 373
  • Slate Creek Elementary School
     
Olathe USD 233
  • Westview Elementary School
     
Osage City USD 420
  • Osage City Elementary School
  • Osage City Middle School
     
Pittsburg USD 250
  • Meadowlark Elementary School
  • Pittsburg Middle School
  • Westside Elementary School
     
Pretty Prairie USD 311
  • Pretty Prairie Elementary School
     
Remington-Whitewater USD 206
  • Remington Elementary School at Potwin
     
Rock Hills USD 107
  • Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School
     
Salina USD 305
  • Cottonwood Elementary School
     
Seaman USD 345
  • Logan Elementary School
     
Shawnee Mission USD 512
  • Crestview Elementary School
  • Merriam Park Elementary School
     
Southern Cloud USD 334
  • Miltonvale Elementary School
     
Southern Lyon USD 252
  • Hartford Junior-Senior High School
  • Neosho Rapids Elementary School
     
Stanton USD 452
  • Stanton County Elementary School
     
Sublette USD 374
  • Sublette Elementary School
  • Sublette Middle School
     
Thunder Ridge USD 110
  • Thunder Ridge Middle School
     
Twin Valley USD 240
  • Tescott Elementary School
     
Wabaunsee USD 329
  • Maple Hill Elementary School
     
Wichita USD 259
  • Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School
  • Brooks Magnet Middle School
  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet School
  • Kensler Elementary School
  • Lawrence Elementary School
  • Mayberry Cultural/Fine Arts Magnet School
  • McLean Science/Tech Magnet School
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions about this page contact:

Tamla Miller
(785) 296-4950
tmiller@ksde.org

 

 

How does a school earn a Challenge Award?

The Challenge Awards recognize schools for outstanding achievements and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas math and reading assessment results and other qualifying factors, specifically the sample size, ethnicity and social-economic status of those taking the test. We also now include graduation rates when calculating high school results and chronic absenteeism rates for middle and elementary schools. The steps used to identify Challenge Award honorees are as follows:

  • A statistical model is used that includes math and reading state assessments scores, the percent of the sample that received free or reduced-priced lunch and the percent that were members of an ethnic minority. Graduation rates and chronic absenteeism are factors, too. The top 100 Kansas schools are then selected.
  • Only schools that have a total percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students above the state average of 46.14 percent are eligible for recognition. 
  • The schools are then sorted into State Board of Education districts.
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