Circleville City Schools recently was recognized with the 2012 SOAR Award for High Progress by the Battelle for Kids program.
These annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, the Battelle for Kids school improvement collaborative, for academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the previous school year.
Circleville City Schools was honored for Significant Progress, placing it in the top eight percent of districts out of 120 participating SOAR districts.
It was also honored as a Most Improved district for the 2011-12 school year.
The district was one of 15 schools and 14 districts acknowledged for extraordinary progress with students, according to Jim Mahoney, executive director of Battelle for Kids.
“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,” Mahoney said. “The schools and districts receiving this award are to be applauded for their efforts to advance student learning.”
In 2002, Battelle for Kids launched SOAR, a statewide pilot to introduce value-added analysis to participating Ohio school districts and demonstrate how value-added information can improve teachers’ and schools’ impact on student learning.
Over the past 10 years, as the demands for higher expectations and results have increased, SOAR expanded its scope of services to become a comprehensive school improvement collaborative, offering an array of services, professional development, and benefits to Ohio school districts.
Today, SOAR represents 120 Ohio school districts, approximately 30 percent of the state’s students in grades 3-8. SOAR is one of the country’s largest value-added initiatives and is a centerpiece of successful education reform on behalf of students.
Battelle for Kids is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides strategic counsel and innovative solutions for today’s complex educational-improvement challenges. For more information, visit www.BattelleforKids.org.
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