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Subject: Looking at the Issues - September 5, 2008
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September 5, 2008
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Stark County Gets Visit from Team NEO
Team NEO staff visited Stark County on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. Hosted by the Stark Development Board, the visit included tours and stops at Akron/Canton Airport, Stark State College of Technology and Aultman Hospital. Adrienne O'Neill and Joseph Rochford were pleased to tell the group about the Stark County P-16.
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Continuous Improvement
While Increasing Rigor in an
Urban School District

Timken and McKinley high schools' leaders and staff have focused on increasing their high school graduation rates. And their graduation rates have increased-steadily at McKinley and dramatically at Timken. While the Canton City Schools graduation rate includes students in alternative programs, the overall Canton City Schools graduation rate has also increased.

Canton City Graduation Rates

Increasing the graduation rates is not enough. The leaders and faculty have also determined that more students will take AP courses, participate in Tech Prep opportunities, participate in post-secondary and/or dual credit courses while in high school, and go on to some form of post-secondary experience after high school. Both high schools have many partners and benefit from extensive public and private investment in success. 

What is most remarkable is the student ownership of increased academic performance. On many occasions the authors have witnessed students cheering for academic achievement as loudly as they cheer at athletics events. We have seen students helping other students to learn difficult content. We have heard students encouraging other students to retake the ACT test explaining that high ACT scores earn academic scholarships. 

Hats off to the many adults who have helped to create this climate of rigor for all! Hats off to all for the continuous improvement!
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