Bexley High School is one of six high schools that has been recognized with a 2013 SOAR Award for High Progress from the national organization Battelle for Kids.
The SOAR school improvement collaborative was launched in 2002 to help Ohio schools use progress information as a diagnostic tool for educational improvement. The annual award acknowledges those schools among the 109 participating in SOAR that show high academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the most recent school year, 2012-2013.
Battelle for Kids "provides counsel and solutions to advance the development of human capital systems, the use of strategic measures, practices for improving educator effectiveness and communication with all stakeholders in schools," according to BattelleforKids.org.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross presented the award at a reception held Nov. 11, as part of the Ohio School Boards Association annual conference at the Columbus Convention Center.
In addition, Ohio Department of Education data that was recently released shows all of the Bexley High School teachers measured achieved the highest ranking -- "most effective" -- meaning that these teachers' students gained significantly more than a year's worth of growth for a year's worth of schooling. Only 16 percent of Ohio teachers earned the "most effective" rating.