The State Board of Education of Ohio today recognized 28 districts for earning an overall grade of “A” on the 2017-18 Ohio School Report Cards. The Highland School District is one of only 28 to receive the “Overall A Award.” The Overall A Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes schools that earned an Overall A on their report card.
State Board of Education President, Tess Elshoff, stated, “As an Overall A Award winner, your district’s report card shows your district is demonstrating high academic performance and building bright futures for students of every background and ability level. Congratulations on this impressive achievement!”
“Ohio’s strategic plan for education is the state’s plan to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten through grade 12 education. Our mission is to prepare students for a future that has yet to be written. Your education team has clearly embraced this challenge,” Elshoff noted.
In addition to the Overall A Award, 70 districts received the Momentum Award for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Highland also received the “Momentum Award” for 2018. The Momentum Award recognizes districts for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Districts must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities. Highland is only school district in Medina County to receive this award.
Highland Superintendent Catherine Aukerman stated, “We are so proud to be recognized in this way for overall academic achievement as well as growth across all of our student groups. These awards are reserved for the top performing school districts in the state and we are pleased to be among the “best of the best” in Ohio. Our students, staff and parents are to be commended for the hard work, dedication and commitment to learning that they demonstrate each day. Our parents and entire community can take pride in the fact that their children are attending one of the best school districts in the State of Ohio,” she said.
Elshoff continued, “Every day, Ohio’s schools do the challenging but rewarding work of educating our students and building the future of our state and it is an honor to recognize these students, teachers, administrators and parents for their accomplishments.”