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May 13, 2016
Did You Know
Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to R obert Duncan who was recently named Stark County's 2016 Teacher of the Year. Duncan attributes the SEEDS training and leadership development initiative (led by SCESC and supported by the Partnership) for his shift from textbook-based instruction to hands-on, minds-on learning. Mr Duncan is a fourth grade reading and science teacher at Northside Intermediate School in Alliance City Schools.

Congratulations also to all of the teachers and rookies of the year chosen by their districts. A complete list is available on the SCESC website. 
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Nation's High School Graduation Rate at
an All-Time High...but Not Yet On Track for 
90% Goal

The nation's on-time high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 82.3% for the class of 2014. Yet, despite a decade-long upward trend, for the first time in four years, the country is not on track to reach the target goal of 90% by 2020. In raw numbers, the nation would have to graduate 284,591   more students a year to meet a 90% on time rate. Ohio would need to graduate 11,033 more.

Those are the findings of the 2016 Building a Grad Nation Report[1] released on Monday. The report - which is the first to analyze the latest nationally available 2014 graduation data - uses new criteria established by the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Ohio's graduation rate is at 81.8% according to the report, and like other states, substantial inequalities exist on the basis of race, disability and income.[2]  While Ohio has 55 low-performing high schools enrolling 69,029 students with rates below 67%, none are in Stark County. Further, graduation rates in Alliance, Canton and Massillon surpassed those of the state's largest urban districts. [3]

To move the needle to 90% by the class of 2020 and help ensure accuracy in graduation rate reporting, the report includes recommendations to: s et clear definitions; address  issues of clarity and create evidence-based plans; r equire the reporting of extended-year graduation rates ( such as Ohio's five year rate); e nsure that alternative and virtual schools are included in state accountability; p rovide real pathways to engage students who have fallen off track
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The Stark Education Partnership, Inc., is a 501(c)-3 non-profit education reform support organization in Stark County, Ohio crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The Partnership collaborates with educators, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education. 

Questions or comments? Email septpurses@gmail.com or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at http://www.edpartner.org