Schools of Promise

State points to poor schools honored for test results as models

State education officials hope that schools with high test scores despite students' poor economic backgrounds will be able to show other educators how to succeed amid increasing tight budget constraints.

Thirteen Cincinnati-area schools are included in this year's list of 102 such schools. The program was started by the Ohio Department of Education in the 2001-2002 school year. It identifies and recognizes schools where more than half of the students come from low-income communities and more than 75 percent of those students meet and exceed state standards. The education department collects information from the schools to find out what is working and why. Department spokesman JC Benton says the success stories are put together in written form as a resource for other educators and administrators. The state also has a CD-ROM with supporting materials on what is working.