COLUMBUS — Area schools are among those recognized Wednesday 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.
Locally, Parkway Elementary School in Mercer County, was listed as a School of Honor. Schools of Honor must have a 90 percent or better average proficiency rate over a five-year period on the Ohio Achievement Assessment an Ohio Graduation Test plus meet several other criteria.
Also, the following were named Schools of Promise: Allen East Elementary School, Spencerville Elementary School, St. Marys Middle School, Upper Scioto Valley High School, Indian Lake Elementary School, Celina Middle School, Celina Primary School and Parkway Elementary School.
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 plus meet several other criteria.
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.