Roosevelt Earns State Award For Student Progress

Roosevelt Elementary is one of only nine schools in the state to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2016-2017 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.

“We're so honored to receive this recognition,” Roosevelt Principal Eileen Griffiths said. “It's the collaboration amongst teachers, staff and families that make Roosevelt a place where students can make great gains and reach their potential!”

To become a High Progress School of Honor a building must first be a Title 1 or Title 1-eligible school with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. In addition these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for gains in proficiency. Finally, High Progress Schools of Honor must have an Annual Measurable Objectives grade of C or higher and have met or exceeded Ohio’s Progress measure for the last three years.

As an incentive to help close achievement gaps in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education developed the Schools of Honor program to identify, recognize and highlight schools that are making substantial progress in ensuring high achievement in reading and math for all students, many from economically disadvantaged homes. The last Lakewood buildings to earn a Schools of Honor award were Hayes Elementary, which won a High Progress School of Honor designation, and Grant Elementary, which earned a School of Promise award. Both awards were for the 2012-2013 school year.

Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state, said in a letter to Principal Griffiths: “By consistently ensuring this high performance for all students, you have proven that administrators, teachers and families who have high expectations and continually support their students can enable every child of every background and ability level to achieve academically. Together, you are opening up a world of opportunities for your students and building a wonderful legacy for your community.”

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017