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

Erika Razo, who works at Salazar Elementary School, was awarded Reading Renaissance Model Classroom Certification by the Madison, Wisc., based company. Model Classroom certification indicates that Razo's efforts to adopt Reading Renaissance methods have continued to result in measurable improvements in student reading performance.

"Erika exemplifies the kind of commitment to the success of every student that is at the heart of effective teaching," said Judi Paul, Chairman of the Board at Renaissance Learning.

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, ninety percent or more of their students have an average of 90 percent or higher on reading quizzes, ten percent or less of their students are at risk, and they are implementing a majority of the techniques listed on the Model Classroom checklist. Librarian Diana Reyes was also awarded Reading Renaissance Model Library, and Judy Tiller was awarded Reading Renaissance Model Coordinator.