COLUMBUS – Through Ohio’s new Schools of Honor program, the Ohio Department of Education is recognizing 90 schools that have sustained high academic achievement and made substantial progress while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. The department is presenting a total of 92 awards: 38 High Performing Schools of Honor and 54 High Progress Schools of Honor. Two schools, Citizens Academy of Cleveland and Youngstown Early College, are receiving both honors.
Through its efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls was selected as a national Green Ribbon School. Kenston High is among 64 schools to receive this national honor.
A Summary Report was developed to summarize the findings from each area of the onsite review and sent to the LEA. The summary report identifies findings of individual and systemic non-compliance with IDEA regulations of the LEA.
In December 2011, Ohio was awarded the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. As part of the grant application, Ohio made a commitment to revise and expand the current tiered quality rating and improvement system which is called Step Up To Quality (SUTQ), and to broaden participation to all early childhood settings (including school districts, child care, family child care, etc.)
Innovative Grants have been awarded to school districts and community schools across Ohio from the Ohio Department of Education. This funding will be utilized in a variety of ways to significantly change the culture of many of these schools to the benefit of student success.