Miami Trace SOARs With Excellence

On the heels of earning the first ever designation of “Excellent With Distinction”, Miami Trace Local Schools was informed recently by the Battelle For Kids organization that the district has been identified for three additional recognitions.

A statewide map indicating where each SOAR school is located.

A statewide map indicating where each SOAR school is located.

Battelle for Kids presented 15 Ohio schools and 14 Ohio school districts with the 2012 SOAR Award for High Progress in one or more of the following three categories: School, District, and Most Improved.

Miami Trace Elementary School was among the recipients.

These annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2011–2012).

The schools awarded for High Progress are among the top 15 schools out of 830 participating SOAR schools making exceptional growth with their students while the recipients of the Significant Progress District Award are among the top eight percent of districts out of 120 participating SOAR districts.

“It is an honor to recognize these 15 schools and 14 districts for their extraordinary progress with students,” said Jim Mahoney, executive director, 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. The schools and districts receiving this award are to beapplauded for their efforts to advance student learning.”

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers presented each school and district with their respective award. Tom Snowberger, senior vice president of Human Resources, Battelle Memorial Institute, also attended the ceremony and offered congratulatory remarks.

“Our efforts to improve our school district in many ways have led us to reach the long held goal of Regional Educational Prominence,” said Miami Trace Superintendent Dan Roberts. “I congratulate every employee of the district on the successes being achieved with our students. It takes every one of us to accomplish our mission.”

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.

Among side Miami Trace, these other schools were 2012 recipients:

Amherst Elementary School, Jackson Local School District
Endeavor Elementary School, Lakota Local School District
James A Harmon Elementary School, South-Western City School District
Miami Trace Middle School, Miami Trace Local School District*

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