Grove City Record

Holt Crossing, Finland win SOAR awards


The South-Western Board of Education last week recognized Holt Crossing Intermediate School in Grove City and Finland Middle School in Columbus for being named as High Progress Schools by Battelle for Kids' SOAR project.

The district was also recognized as a Significant Progress District in the annual SOAR awards Friday, Dec. 13.

To qualify for the award, a district or school must be ranked among the top SOAR participants, based on district or school composite score. Grades 4-8 math and reading data is included in this analysis and must show average or above-average growth.

The awards are based on 2012-2013 "value-added" scores on state proficiency tests.

This year marks the third time Holt Crossing has won a SOAR Award.

"It's the type of award that never gets old," Holt Crossing Principal Matthew Cox said. "It validates the hard work our staff is putting in to make sure our students achieve academic growth and progress."

Using the value-added measure -- a goal that students achieve at least one year's growth over a school year -- the school ranked second in the state among buildings serving grades 1-8, he said.

"This is only my second year at Holt Crossing, but in that little bit of time I've seen how incredibly dedicated our teachers are, meeting at least weekly and bouncing ideas off of each other," Cox said. "Everyone is respectful of each other's ideas and listen and learn from their colleagues.

"We all believe that all students can achieve," he said.

Holt Crossing also has supportive parents, family and community and "a great group of students," Cox said.