21 Valley schools named 'School of Promise'

Staff report


Twenty-one Mahoning Valley schools have earned the designation of “School of Promise” for the 2011-12 school year from the Ohio Department of Education.

Schools were selected based on multiple factors including student performance on the Ohio Achievement and Ohio Graduation tests, meeting adequate yearly progress, the graduation rate, report card rating and poverty rate. The schools earned the honor serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Education.

The Mahoning Valley schools designated Schools of Promise are South Side Middle School and East Palestine Elementary School in Columbiana County. South Side is part of the Columbiana Exempted Village Schools.

In Mahoning County, Austintown’s Lynn Kirk and Watson elementary schools, Robinwood Lane Elementary in Boardman; Jackson-Milton’s high and middle schools; Lowellville’s North Side Elementary, Springfield Elementary, Youngstown Early College and Youngstown Community School each earned the designation.

It marks the third year that Robinwood Lane earned the label.

In Trumbull County, Girard’s Prospect Elementary and the senior high school, Hubbard High School, Badger Elementary in the Joseph Badger School District, LaBrae High, Maplewood Middle, Newton Falls High and Junior High and Weathersfield’s Mineral Ridge High and Seaborn Elementary schools were deemed Schools of Promise.

According to ODE, at the Schools of Promise, 75 percent or more of students score proficient or better on statewide achievement tests in reading and mathematics. The selected schools also are addressing achievement gaps, because the 75 percent proficiency measure applies to students in subgroups of 10 or more defined by race and economic disadvantage.

For more on the achievements, read today's Vindicator or Vindy.com

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