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Waco middle school students surprised at home by teachers, staff

Six students received the news that they had been recognized at the state or national level for high marks on the SAT or ACT.

WACO, Texas — A handful of Waco ISD middle schoolers were surprised by Waco teachers and administrators Thursday morning, to found out they had earned state or national recognition for the ACT or SAT scores. 

This year, five Waco middle school students were recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program at the state level while one was recognized nationally. With schools closed, staff made a personal visit to each student to deliver the good news.

Roughly 36 percent of students taking the exams across the nation qualify for state recognition while only about four percent qualify for national recognition. 

Collaborating with educators and parents, Duke TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs.

Students qualify for the talent search by scoring at or above 95 percent on a grade-level standardized test.

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