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An online learning program in Putnam County Schools in Tennessee has cut the need for credit recovery by 50 percent over the past three years, and the graduation rate rose from 88 percent in 2013 to 92 percent last year.

An elementary school writing program, a comprehensive fitness regimen and vigorous college and career preparedness in all grades exemplify innovation. Such initiatives earned honors for 62 school systems in District Administration’s tri-annual Districts of Distinction awards program. In the first round of 2015, the honorees were selected among 133 nominations in 21 states.

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In the Bonneville Joint School District in Idaho Falls, Idaho, a Summit Hills Elementary School student, right, takes a speech/language therapy class with therapist Claire Plowgian, above.
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Online sessions provide new opportunities for online speech and occupational therapies
Sharon P. Robinson is president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
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Maine early-college student Brianna Smith, right, studies water circulation in Portland Harbor with a community college professor.
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Students get taste of college before leaving high school support network
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