By Ryan Ottney
December 6, 2013
Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Green High School this week received a letter from the Ohio Department of Education, identifying the school as a 2013 High Progress School of Honor. Green was the only school from Scioto County to make the list, which included 37 schools across Ohio.
“We are showing the great strides and effort made by our staff and students, and I am thrilled that they are getting the recognition for their hard work,” said Green Superintendent Sandy Mers. “We have a collaborative staff that I couldn’t be more proud of. The high school staff, we had three different groups present at state-level conferences, and our elementary staff just presented Tuesday at the OLAC (Ohio Leadership Advisory Council) Conference in Columbus. Their hard work and attention to detail and student individualism is all paying off.”
According to the Ohio Department of Education, to become a High Progress School of Honor a building must first be a Title 1 or Title 1-eligible schools with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. In addition these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for gains in proficiency, or if high schools, in the top 10 percent in graduation rates. Finally, High Progress Schools of Honor must have an Annual Measurable Objectives grade of C or higher and have met or exceeded Ohio’s value-added measure for the last three years.
“Clearly your school is doing whatever it takes to make sure that your students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve academically,” wrote Dr. Richard Ross, superintendent of public instruction, in his letter to schools receiving the honor. “This makes you an outstanding example of what is possible when students, educators, parents and community members work together believing that all students can succeed. Please share my thanks with all of those who contributed to your school’s success. I hope you will share your strategies generously with other Ohio schools.”
The state of Ohio also previously released its list of 2013 High Performing Schools of Honor, and no schools in Scioto County were on that list of 37 schools.
Ross said the Ohio Department of Education will in the coming weeks be sending the Schools of Honor a special banner to display in their building.
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