CUYAHOGA FALLS — DeWit Elementary School was recently named as a 2019 High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.

The elementary school was the only school in Summit County to be given this designation, said Principal Catherine Perrow.

"The criteria to earn this achievement is very challenging," Perrow said. "I am beyond proud of the collective effort it took to achieve this honor, and we didn't even know we were in the running. We work hard for every student every day without the desire for such recognition. Our families, staff, teachers, and students are the most dedicated school community I've ever known and we know that together, we can achieve great things for students. We believe that we are building the school of our dreams without barriers or excuses - our demographics predict a very different outcome."

According to information from the Ohio Department of Education, 71 schools in the state were named High Progress Schools of Honor this year.

To be named a High Progress School of Honor, according to the Ohio Department of Education, schools:

• Must be Title I eligible or recipients, and serve 40 percent or more students who are economically disadvantaged;

• Must meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains in the combined English language arts and math proficiency over the five most recent school years;

• Must earn an "A" or "B" on the overall Value-Added measure on the state report cards for the three most recent school year; and.

• Must earn an "A," "B," or "C" on the gap closing component in the 2019 report card.

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