By focusing on meeting the needs of all students, Mark Twain and Whittier elementary schools have received recognition for achievement from the State Board of Education.

Mark Twain, 799 E. Walnut St., has received a Momentum Award, a recognition that has been given to 226 schools in 70 districts.

The award is given to any school or district that is able to demonstrate a grade of A on all applicable subgroups under the progress component.

Mark Twain Principal Vicki Moss attributed the award to the collective efforts of the staff.

"This is a true all-school effort," she said. "We have had buy-in from every staff member as we work to close our achievement gap.

"Through small-group intervention in all classrooms, we can meet the needs of all students at all levels. Our teachers also work endlessly providing after-school intervention and summer support to our most needy (students)."

Moss said the award is a tribute to the Mark Twain staff whom believe all students can have educational success.

On the 2017-18 report card, Mark Twain students scored all A's in the report card's progress component, which looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.

Subgroups under the progress component show Mark Twain scoring an A overall and for gifted students, students in the lowest 20 percent in achievement (in reading, math or science) and students with disabilities.

Progress details for students in grades 4-5, which includes up to three years of data, show students made more progress than expected in math and science and all tests.

Whittier Elementary, 130 E. Walnut St., received an Overall A Award for achieving an overall grade of A on the 2017-18 Ohio School Report Card. It was one of 310 schools in 28 Ohio districts to receive the recognition.

A breakdown for the overall grade shows the following component scores: achievement, A; progress B; gap closing, A; and improving at-risk K-3 readers, C.

Whittier Principal Cheryl Relford said her school is excited about the accomplishment.

"As a building, we take great pride in helping each student meet his or her highest potential," she said. "Our teachers, parents, families, and community members work together to do what is truly best for our students.

"Our hardworking students continue to amaze us," she said.

John Kellogg, superintendent of the district, said the staff and students at all of the district's schools are committed to academic achievement.

"While we know that there are reasons to celebrate the successes of each of our schools, we are especially excited to join with the state superintendent in honoring Whittier Elementary School as an Overall A Award winner and Mark Twain as a Momentum Award winner," he said. "These two schools offer us an opportunity to examine what practices of success can be replicated across the district."

Every day, Ohio's schools do the challenging but rewarding work of educating students and building the future of Ohio, said Tess Elshoff, state board of education president, in a press release.

"The State Board of Education is proud to recognize these students, teachers, administrators and parents for their accomplishments," she said.