Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
WHEELERSBURG — On Monday, Nov. 11, Battelle for Kids presented 16 Ohio schools and 14 Ohio school districts with the 2013 SOAR Award for High Progress. Among them was Wheelersburg High School.
Schools and districts were awarded in one or more of the following categories: Significant Progress Districts, Most Improved Districts, High Progress Schools (grades 4–8), and High Progress Schools (grades 9–12).Wheelersburg High School was awarded as a High Progress School.
A High Progress School must have a minimum of six indicators on their state report card and be among the top schools for showing above average growth in the most recent school year. Schools must have consistency in school effects across grades and subjects in the most recent school year, which is validated by ensuring there is a 95 percent certainty that the average gain index is at least two or higher. School must have a minimal negative school effects in the most recent school year, with less than 25 percent of the most recent year’s school effects below average.
These annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2012–13). Wheelersburg High School has participated in the Battelle for Kids SOAR school improvement collaborative for the past four years.
“It is an honor to be named a Battelle for Kids High Progress School. The Wheelersburg High School faculty has worked hard to make rigorous curriculum adjustments to make sure our students are ready for work or college upon graduation. I want to thank the faculty for their dedication to our school improvement efforts,” said Wheelersburg High School Principal Matthew McCorkle.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross presented each school and district with their respective award. Dr. Jim Mahoney, Executive Director of Battelle for Kids and Dr. Bobby Moore, Senior Director at Battelle for Kids, offered congratulatory remarks.
“It is an honor to recognize these schools and districts for their extraordinary progress with students,” Mahoney said. “The exceptional growth these educators have made with students is a testament to the hard work they’ve put forth to improve their schools and districts. The award recipients are to be applauded for their efforts to advance student learning.”
Battelle for Kids is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides strategic counsel and innovative solutions for today’s complex educational-improvement challenges. The organization launched SOAR in 2002 as a statewide pilot to introduce value-added analysis to participating Ohio school districts and demonstrate how information can improve teachers’ and schools’ impact on student learning. Today, SOAR represents 110 Ohio school districts. SOAR is one of the country’s largest value-added initiatives and is a centerpiece of successful education reform on behalf of students. For more information, visit www.BattelleforKids.org.
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