Holt Crossing Intermediate School and the South-Western City School District were recently recognized by the non-profit Battelle for Kids for academic progress.

Holt Crossing Intermediate School and the South-Western City School District were recently recognized by the non-profit Battelle for Kids for academic progress.

The district and school were part of the 22 Ohio schools and eight Ohio school districts Battelle recognized with a 2011 SOAR Award.

The awards, given annually to districts and schools participating in Battelle’s SOAR program, include High Progress Schools and High Schools; School-Wide Subject-Area; Significant Progress Districts; and Most Improved Districts.

SWCS earned an award for Significant Progress.

To qualify for the award, districts must rank in the top five of all participating SOAR districts, based on district composite index.

Grades 4-8 math and reading data is included in the analysis.

Holt Crossing won awards for High Progress and School-Wide Subject Area. To earn a High Progress Award, a school must rank in the top 10 of all participating SOAR schools, based on school composite index. Grades 4-8 math and reading data is included in the analysis.

To earn a School-Wide Subject-Area award in math and reading, a school must rank first based on sub-composite index for each subject respectively, plus math and reading grade 3 where available.

Bobby Moore, senior director of effective practices at Battelle for Kids, said SOAR is a collaboration of Ohio districts actively engaged in accelerating student progress and achievement.

“These districts are committed to using value-added information in their school improvement efforts through advocacy, innovation, collaboration and the exploration of new opportunities to provide the greatest impact on student learning.

“The districts and buildings recognized during the SOAR Awards have demonstrated outstanding progress in their school improvement journey and should be commended for their forward thinking and focus on supporting student growth,” Moore said.

“We’re really pleased,” said John Kellogg, district assistant superintendent of curriculum.

The district staff is doing a good job of helping the students and make progress in their education, Kellogg said.

“Teachers are working really hard and doing great things,” he said.