Lakota Received Momentum Award

Lakota District, Five Schools Receive ODE's Momentum Award
Posted on 01/03/2019
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Momentum award 2018 logoTwo Early Childhood Schools Earn All A Award from State

Lakota Local Schools, including five individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2018. Additionally, two schools received the All A Award.

This annual recognition is given to districts or schools that have received A’s on all Value-Added measures on the state report card. In addition, winners of the award must also have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, including gifted, lowest 20% in achievement and students with disabilities.

This is the third consecutive year that Lakota has earned this award. Endeavor Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Lakota East High School, and Lakota West High School are receiving the notable recognition for the second time and Independence Elementary for the first.

“Receiving the Momentum Award is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff and students,” said Keith Koehne, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Lakota. As reported at the release of the 2017-2018 district report card results, Lakota’s overall ‘A’ for progress measures the growth that all students made in the last year, based on their past performance.

In a statement announcing the 2018 Momentum Award recipients, State Board of Education President Tess Elshoff says, “The State Board of Education is proud to recognize these students, teachers, administrators and parents for their accomplishments.”

Only 57 schools in the State of Ohio have received the All A Award, including two in Lakota. The All A Award is given to schools or districts that have earned all A’s on the state report card. Shawnee and Liberty early childhood schools have both earned this honor for the first time.

Superintendent Matthew Miller is proud of the district’s performance. “Lakota continues to make great strides in the education of our students. While the state report card only tells part of the story, it does show that our students continue to grow every year,” he said. "I am proud of our teachers and staff who show our kids every day that a good education is student centered. They are innovative in their teaching in order to engage their students in learning,” he continued. “I am very happy to see seven of our schools being recognized at the state level for the hard work being done in our classrooms.”