Students, teachers and parents can be proud of the Kirksville R-III School District as it was honored by the Northeast Regional Professional Development Center for the 12th time. The district was honored with the Distinction in Performance Award.Superintendent Patrick Williams said the center looks at the comprehensive accountability system for schools.â??School districts are graded on their attendance, graduation rate, their achievement of their subgroups, their achievement of the general population as well as their college and career readiness,â?? Williams said. â??It's a comprehensive accountability system and schools are graded on their performance annually on each of these areas. Schools are accredited based on their performance, but the highest level of performance is titled â??Accredited with Distinction.â??â?? Williams said they are very proud of the award because it is a collective effort of teachers and administrators working to achieve the highest standards.â??It is something we take very seriously,â?? Williams said. â??Itâ??s something we're very proud of, but it's always a work in progress and it's a testament to the hard work of our staff as well as the talent of our students. Slightly less than 20 schools in the 523 that have been able to sustain this level of achievement for 12 consecutive years and Kirksville is one of those.â??