Aurora -- As a community-oriented companion to the state's school district report card, Aurora joined 50 other Ohio districts last week in releasing a comprehensive "quality profile."

The profile can be viewed on the district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.

According to the Alliance for High Quality Education, the report includes additional accountability measures that better define a high-quality education and are not included in the state's report card.

The alliance said over the past several years participating districts have surveyed residents to determine factors they value in their children's education that are not measured on the state report card.

Aurora schools Superintendent Russ Bennett said the district participated in the quality profile project because it "wants to tell the other side of the story, rather than just test scores.

"We did the profile because there are other things we're doing in the district that we can be proud of. We want to show there's more to educating kids than test scores," he added.

The areas highlighted in the profile are academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement and student services.

The result is an expanded report that describes in detail the programs and values of the school system.

Among Northeast Ohio districts other than Aurora that participated in the quality profile project are Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Kenston, Mentor, Nordonia, Orange, Solon, Stow-Munroe Falls, Twinsburg and Wickliffe.

The profile boasts of the district's reputation as one of the best in Ohio, plus high rankings in publications such as Newsweek, the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.

OTHER HONORS highlighted are: one of the 2013 best communities for music education, the 2008 state championship football team and "all of the leadership and activities in between these highlights."

"Our numerous successes are a culmination of the expertise of our highly qualified and caring staff members," the profile continues. "The work environment here is conducive to teamwork, innovation, teacher professional development and support from peers and administration alike."

Flip classroom lessons are one example cited of how technology is constantly being woven into the curriculum and is being used as a tool to enable students to excel in the 21st century.

The profile points out AHS recently received a Portage County honor as the "most engaging high school," and another example of innovation is AHS's special needs initiative called the Greenmen Cafe.

"We are also one of the first districts locally to initiate the usage of the acclaimed safety training ALICE," the profile states.

About community involvement, the profile says, "It is never hard to find parents and residents willing to go the extra mile to chaperone, tutor, organize parties, run PTOs, come out for concert and sporting events, provide internships and aid in fundraising."

About fiscal responsibility, the profile cites many auditor of state awards for clean audits, the sales of several bonds that have saved taxpayers money, the administration operating with far fewer staffers than comparable districts, the updating and renovation of buildings, and an energy-saving program.

"Wise money management is always at the top of our daily operations list," the profile states.

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