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Akron Early College High School, Grill elementary named promising schools

By John Published: October 18, 2011

The Ohio Department of Education has named 122 "schools of promise" based on the latest report cards showing high academic achievement in urban and rural districts that struggle with high poverty.

In Summit County, Akron Public Schools' Early College High School and Norton's Grill elementary were among the 122.

In Stark County, Fairless (Navarre) had two schools, Fairless elementary and Fairless High School. Louisville also had two schools, Fairhope and Louisville elementaries. Minerva High School and  Massillon's Gorrell elementary also made the list.

In Wayne County, Wooster led the way with two schools, Kean and Melrose elementaries. Fredericksburg elementary in Southeast and Northwestern High School also were named.

More about the program, now in it's 10th year:

The State Superintendent's Schools of Promise program, administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), recognizes schools across Ohio that are demonstrating high achievement in reading and mathematics for all groups of students, despite the fact that 40 percent or more of these students come from low-income backgrounds. Students in these schools met or exceeded the state standard of 75 percent passage in both reading and mathematics for the 2010-2011 school year. In previous years, schools could qualify if they met 75 percent passage in either reading or mathematics. In Schools of Promise, all student groups meet the federal requirement of Adequate Yearly Progress.
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