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Clearview Elementary School was recognized during an educators' conference in Pittsburgh this week for its students' outstanding academic performance in 2015.

The Hanover elementary school was honored as a Distinguished Title I School for Exceptional Student Performance during the annual PA/Title I Improving School Performance Conference hosted by the the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators.

The theme of the year's conference — which ran from Feb. 8 to Feb 10 — was "Pathways to Success" and it brought together educators from across the state in workshops and sessions on a range of topics, including teacher effectiveness, parent involvement and successful secondary school initiatives.

Hanover's elementary school teachers also gave presentations on reading, technology and Spanish at the state conference. They were joined by presenters from other schools who also embodied the "Pathway to Success" theme through their efforts in making academic progress with specific subgroups, earning grant funding and bolstering parent involvement. Clearview was also awarded the state Department of Education's 2014-15 Keystone Award for Academic Achievement at the conference.

The Division of Federal Programs singled out both schools of high achievement as well as high improvement for the recognition.

High Achievement schools were the highest 5 percent of Title I schools based on combined math and reading PSSA or Keystone scores. Those recognized for progress and improvement were in the top 5 percent of schools in closing the achievement gap and were selected based on the reading and mathematics scores for the PSSA or the algebra and literature portions of the Keystone exams combined for the entire student body and the "historically under-performing" student groups that includes students with disabilities, English language learners, and economically disadvantaged students.

Clearview Elementary was one of 95 schools recognized for its academic performance and Dover Area School District's North Salem Elementary School, Northeastern School District's Conewago Elementary School and West Shore School District's Hillside Elementary and Rossmoyne Elementary schools were also among those who earned the distinction.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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