Congratulations to South Elementary and West Elementary for being named 2018 High Progress Schools of Honor

For Immediate Release
Dec. 17, 2018

Ohio Department of Education Recognizes Schools of Promise
and Schools of Honor

Throughout Ohio, there are many schools where each and every day students are being challenged, prepared and empowered. Today, Ohio is recognizing 67 schools with a substantial proportion of economically disadvantaged students (40 percent or more) for reaching high academic achievement.

The Ohio Department of Education named four Schools of Promise, three High Performing Schools of Honor and 66 High Progress Schools of Honor. Each program has its own criteria. Four schools received more than one award.

 “Ohio’s students can do amazing things, and these schools are creating the right conditions to close achievement gaps and address the issues that sometimes prevent students from taking full advantage of educational opportunities,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “These schools are clearly advancing the vision of Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future. Congratulations to these schools, their teachers and administrators for making a real difference in the lives of their students.”

Two elementary schools in the Vinton County Local School District received this prestigious honor!  Congratulations to South Elementary and West Elementary for being named 2018 High Progress Schools of Honor.

To be a High Progress School of Honor, a school must:

  • Be a Title I recipient or Title I-eligible school and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students;
  • Show gains on its combined reading and math proficiency rate in each of the past five years (between 2014 and 2018) that meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains (subject results are combined and aggregated for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10);
  • If a high school, show gains in its graduation rate over the past five years (between 2013 and 2017) that meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains in graduation;
  • If applicable, the overall Progress grade must be an A or B for each of the three most recent years (2016, 2017, 2018 report cards); and
  • Have a Gap Closing grade of A, B or C for the 2017-2018 school year.

About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

Media Contact:
Brittany Halpin
(614) 728-5959

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