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Schools of Promise and High Performing Schools of Honor Recognized

Release date: 10/16/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nearly 150 Ohio schools are being recognized today by the Ohio Department of Education for sustaining high academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged homes.

The Department named 141 Schools of Promise and 37 High Performing Schools of Honor.

The Schools of Promise award program recognizes schools attaining solid student achievement in reading and mathematics while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. As an incentive to help close achievement gaps in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education developed the Schools of Promise program to identify, recognize and highlight schools that are making substantial progress in ensuring high achievement for all students.

The Schools of Honor initiative builds upon and expands the Department of Education’s existing Schools of Promise program. The U.S. Department of Education approved the new Schools of Honor program as part of Ohio’s flexibility waiver for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2012.

“Schools of Promise and the prestigious High Performing Schools of Honor are examples of what can happen when principals, teachers, parents and community members all believe that children can learn,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “These schools overcome challenges, sometimes significant challenges, to provide a high-quality education to Ohio children. What they have done is working and I am urging them to help other Ohio schools learn how they can overcome their challenges as well.”

Schools of Promise must have a 75 percent or better average proficiency rate on the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests for the 2012-13 school year. They must also have: a 75 percent proficiency rate in two subgroups; an A or B grade for their annual measurable objective (AMO) for narrowing performance gaps between groups of students on the local school report card; an A, B, or C progress grade on the local school report card; and a graduation rate of A or B. The schools also must serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students.

You can find a complete list of Schools of Promise here.

High Performing Schools of Honor must have a 90 percent or better average proficiency rate over a five-year period on the Ohio Achievement Assessment and Ohio Graduation Test plus meet several other criteria. These include a 75 percent proficiency level for four significant subgroups on the same tests; an annual measurable objective report card grade of A, B, or C; a progress grade of A, B, or C on the report card; and a graduation rate over a five-year period of 90 percent or higher. The school also must be Title 1 eligible and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students.

You can find a complete list of High Performing Schools of Honor here.

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