South’s academic progress rewarded

South Science and Technology Magnet School has been named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.

Criteria for the award includes having gains in combined reading and math proficiency over the past five years that meets or exceeds the 90th percentile of all statewide gains, meets or exceeds the progress measure for the last three years, and has an Annual Measurable Objectives grade of A, B of C.

South is also one of nine schools across the state to be invited to apply for a national education award based on the school’s continued academic growth.

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Federal Programs will nominate up to two schools to receive the prestigious National Title I Distinguished School recognition. Only nine schools in the state are being asked to apply.

Schools have been invited to participate based on two categories:

  • Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years
  • Closing Achievement Gaps between student groups

State criteria for nomination includes demonstrating high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years; and meeting or exceeding state standards for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years.

South saw great progress on this year’s state report card released in September. Below are a few of those highlights.

  • Gap Closing up from F to A
  • K-3 Literacy up from D to C
  • Performance Index up from D to C.
  • 107 percent growth in fourth-grade reading, 53 percent in fifth grade, 30 percent in sixth grade, 26 percent in third grade
  • 58 percent growth in 4th-grade math, 82 percent in fifth grade, 52 percent in sixth grade, 62 percent in seventh grade, 116 percent in eighth grade

If South is one of the two schools nominated by the state, officials will be invited to the national Title I Association’s Conference next February in Philadelphia. The National Distinguished Schools are recognized at the conference.

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