WILMINGTON — Blanchester High School was recognized by the Ohio Department of Education for being a School of Promise for four years now, the Department of Education announced Wednesday.
The Department of Education recognized 29 schools Wednesday “for maintaining high academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged circumstances that can make learning difficult.”
“Even as expectations rise, these communities continue to beat the odds,” said Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, interim state superintendent of public instruction, in a press release. “Students of every background and ability level deserve the opportunity to succeed, and I’m especially proud of the difference these schools are making in the lives of Ohio’s students.”
To qualify as a School of Promise, a school must meet these criteria:
• Serve at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged students.
• Eighty percent or more of students in grades that took the 2014-2015 PARCC and Ohio Graduation Tests must have rated Proficient in reading and math for all subgroups of students, which includes economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, students with disabilities and all racial/ethnic groups.
• Score an Ohio School Report Card grade of A or B on its Annual Measurable Objective, to narrow performance gaps between student groups.
• Receive an A or B on student learning progress through the school year and a grade of A or B on high school graduation rate, if it is a high school.