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October 10, 2014
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Avondale Named Blue Ribbon School      

Congratulations to Plain Local's Avondale Elementary on being named by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School - one of only 15 Ohio schools given the distinction. The award "recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups."  

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Education Credentials Other Than Academic Degrees Have Labor Market Value


A federal study released in 2014 - Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012 [1] - found that 25% of adults in the United States have professional certification, license, or education certification. Authors conclude that overall, people working full-time with these credentials earned more than those without.


This alternative pathway is included in studies examining early college high school and dual enrollment [2] and is a trend to follow as more data is collected on long-term impacts.



[1] Ewert, S. & Kominsky, R. (2014) Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012 

[2] Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Ziskin, M., Yuan, X., & Harrell, A. (2013, December). Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates-Fall 2007 Cohort (Signature Report No. 6). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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