State honors Canterbury for student performance
For the second year in a row, the Ohio Department of Education has recognized Canterbury Elementary School as a High Progress School of Honor. Canterbury is one of only four schools in Ohio to be so designated.
The award is given to schools where more than 40 percent of students come from economically disadvantaged homes, yet show the highest gains in math and reading proficiency, based on 2014–15 Ohio Report Card data.
“We could not be more proud of the students, teachers and staff members at Canterbury for receiving this well-deserved recognition,” said Talisa Dixon, Cleveland Heights-University Heights superintendent. “This is a significant achievement that I hope our entire community will celebrate. We look forward to building on this success and continuing to serve the students in our community.”
To be a High Progress School of Honor, a school must:
- Be Title I eligible and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students.
- Have gains in its combined reading and math proficiency over the past five years that are in the top 10 percent of all statewide gains in proficiency.
- Have gains in its legacy graduation rate over the past five years that are in the top 10 percent of all statewide gains in graduation.
- Score an Ohio School Report Card grade of A, B or C on its Annual Measurable Objective, to narrow performance gaps between student groups.
- Receive an A or B on student learning progress for the three most recent school years.
“This is a testament to the hard work our Canterbury team has done to ensure that every student in our school, regardless of background, is given a chance to succeed,” said Erica Wigton, Canterbury principal. “We are fortunate to have an engaged and supportive community and parents who set high expectations for our school. This recognition validates our students’ hard work and effort throughout the year.”
The Ohio Department of Education has sent Canterbury a “High Progress School of Honor” banner that will be displayed in the school.
Scott Wortman is the coordinator of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.