A local teacher has again received national recognition for outstanding performance in education, Renaissance Learning announced recently.

Emerson Lucas, who works at Salazar Elementary School, was awarded Reading Renaissance Model Classroom Certification by the Madison, Wis., based company. Model Classroom certification indicates efforts to adopt Reading Renaissance methods have continued to result in measurable improvements in student reading performance.

“Lucas exemplifies the kind of commitment to the success of every student that is at the heart of effective teaching,” Judi Paul, chairman of the board at Renaissance Learning said.

To receive Reading Renaissance Model Classroom certification, a teacher must demonstrate that their students receive a minimum of 60 minutes of reading practice time daily. In addition, teachers must be actively working with individual students to meet Renaissance-recommended standards for reading achievement. The following criteria must be met for a 12-week period: points earned equal the class’s average grade equivalent, 90 percent or more of their students have an average of 85 percent or higher on reading quizzes, 10 percent or less of the students are at risk, and they are implementing a majority of the techniques listed on the Model Classroom checklist.