57 More Reasons ODE is Broken

The Ohio Department of Education can't decide if some schools are failing or a wonderful example for all Ohio schools.

We were recently alerted to ODE sending out notices to schools, informing them that they are Momentum Award winners. This is a new award, described by ODE thusly:

The Momentum Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Schools must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities.

165 schools achieved this award, and we congratulate them. Here's a redacted copy of the letters being received by the schools

Your school is a wonderful example for all Ohio Schools

Your school is a wonderful example for all Ohio Schools

Nothing objectionable about any of this on first glance. Until, that is, you look at the list of academic watch schools that ODE maintains and you realize that 57 of the schools that have won a Momentum Award for exceptional student growth are also on the list of schools that ODE maintains for schools that aren't producing enough growth!

Here's how ODE describes its watch list

A Watch School is a school that has a “D” or “F” on the AMO Report Card measure for two years or is receiving state funding for subgroups and those subgroups are not making adequate achievement and progress. Watch Schools are a new category of school that has been added to Ohio’s accountability system. These schools must implement an improvement plan to close gaps among low-achieving subgroups by targeting resources and interventions beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

We can only assume that ODE will be removing these 57 schools from their watch list now that they have won this Momentum Award and demonstrated they are "a wonderful example for all Ohio Schools".

Here's the list of the 57 schools trapped in a dichotomy of success and failure

Building Name District Name
McEbright Community Learning Center Akron City
Seiberling CLC Akron City
Barberton Middle School Barberton City
Canal Winchester Middle School Canal Winchester Local
Chagrin Falls Middle School Chagrin Falls Exempted Village
Cheviot Elementary School Cincinnati City
Dater Montessori Elementary School Cincinnati City
Monticello Middle School Cleveland Heights-University Heights City
Roxboro Middle School Cleveland Heights-University Heights City
Entrepreneurship Preparatory School - Woodland Hills Campus Cleveland Municipal
Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School Cleveland Municipal
Colonial Prep Academy Colonial Prep Academy
Berwick Alternative K-8 School Columbus City School District
Buckeye Middle School Columbus City School District
North Linden Elementary School Columbus City School District
Ridgeview Middle School Columbus City School District
Sullivant Elementary School Columbus City School District
West Broad Elementary School Columbus City School District
Columbus Collegiate Academy - West Columbus Collegiate Academy - West
Columbus Grove Middle School Columbus Grove Local
Crestwood Intermediate School Crestwood Local
Ann Simpson Davis Middle School Dublin City
Eastern Elementary School Eastern Local
Edison Middle School (formerly Berlin-Milan Middle School) Edison Local (formerly Berlin-Milan)
Westwood Middle School Elyria City Schools
Fairborn Intermediate School Fairborn City
Pennyroyal Elementary School Franklin City
Hilliard Crossing Elementary School Hilliard City
North Rd Elementary School Howland Local
Jackson-Milton Elementary School Jackson-Milton Local
Canaan Middle School Jonathan Alder Local
KIPP: Journey Academy KIPP: Journey Academy
London Elementary School London City
Larkmoor Elementary School Lorain City
Madison-Plains Junior High Madison-Plains Local
Marietta Middle School Marietta City
New London Elementary School New London Local
Newton Falls Middle School Newton Falls Exempted Village
Hillside Middle School Parma City
Shiloh Middle School Parma City
Pfeiffer Intermediate School Perry Local
Harmon Middle School Pickerington Local
Pike-Delta-York Middle School Pike-Delta-York Local
Pinnacle Academy Pinnacle Academy
Heritage Hill Elementary School Princeton City
Greenview Upper Elementary School South Euclid-Lyndhurst City
Memorial Junior High School South Euclid-Lyndhurst City
Galloway Ridge Intermediate School South-Western City
Park Street Intermediate School South-Western City
Prairie Lincoln Elementary School South-Western City
Skyvue Elementary School Switzerland of Ohio Local
Urbana Junior High School Urbana City
Warrensville Heights Middle School Warrensville Heights City
Jackman Elementary School Washington Local
Arrowood Elementary Xenia Community City
Central Middle School Xenia Community City
Cox Elementary School Xenia Community City