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LEXINGTON - The Illinois State Board of Education's annual report card shows Lexington High School finished in the state's top 50 public high schools.

"There are several things that go into this," said Superintendent Brent McArdle. "Our kids take tests seriously and understand their significance, and our teachers do a good job preparing the students."

The overall results are based on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, Prairie State Achievement Exam and ACT. The Prairie State Achievement Exam is an annual test taken by junior students statewide and measures achievement by using questions similar to the ACT college-entrance exam and work skills, McArdle said.

The results showed 64.8 percent of Lexington juniors met or exceeded state standards, placing them at 37th of the top 50 schools. Of other Central Illinois schools, Morton High School finished 23rd with 67.4 percent and Tremont High School tied at 42nd with 64.4 percent, as did Lane Technical High School of Chicago, Downers Grove Community High School and Hononegah High School of Rockton.

"The students have no reason to do well as it doesn't provide for a scholarship or prevent graduation," said McArdle. "Since this is the second or third time we've been on this list, I think this is a reflection of their attitude and their desire to do well."

McArdle says the next PSAE will be taken in March.

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