Last updated: July 01. 2014 6:44PM - 69 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley Community Local School District has been recognized in the Dayton Business Journal as one of the best high schools in the Dayton region.

“We are just happy that we are making a statement in our county,” Twin Valley Superintendent Dr. Clint Moore said.

The ranking is based on school’s Performance Index, ACT scores, SAT scores, graduation rate, attendance and more.

“Education is vital to the Dayton-region’s economic recovery, as studies have proven that more people in a local population with college degrees leads to a more robust economy,” said Don Baker, editor-in-chief of the Dayton Business Journal on their website. “To get to that point, though, the region must make sure it is able to churn out high school graduates who are ready to enter college with the skills and knowledge to help them be best positioned for success.”

Placing in the Journal is a first for the school, according to Dr. Moore. “It’s really exciting for our high school staff and for our community in general that we’ve got a quality product and our graduates are being prepared for life after high school,” Moore said.

“There is an effort to make sure the region’s schools are focusing on producing students with skills such as science, technology and math, that will help them succeed. But the bulk of the region’s youth are being educated at the traditional public high school. So it’s very important that those schools — as the last line of defense, so to speak — are providing the best possible eduction.

“For a lot of business leaders who move to a new area, schools are one of the single-most important factors in determining what city in that region they choose for making their new home. The performance of an area’s schools also can be a way to forecast what the local available workforce will be like in the future, which could have an impact on where companies choose to locate,” said Baker.

Moore said the feedback is encouraging for teachers, and is validation for students and staff. He said the rating will prove to the community the school’s quality, or “bang for your buck,” according to Dr. Moore.

Twin Valley ranked 19 out of 87 schools in the area, with a 2012 graduation rate of 94.3 percent, 300 students enrolled, 94.6 percent attendance in the 2012-2013 school year, and an ACT average of 22 in the 2011-2012 school year. The school’s overall Performance Index is 106.394.

“We’re really trying to create a challenging environment, which in a small rural high school is exceptionally hard,” said Moore, who also added the difficulty of stretching a challenging curriculum over a staff of 25 teachers throughout the school, a task which has proven difficult for Dr. Moore, but effective.

“Our hope is this will be a useful ranking for a wide range of people and organizations. The more focus that is put on what schools are doing the best, and what areas are ripe for improvement at those not performing as well, the better it will make the region overall,” said Baker.

Moore said the school drives its educators to be creative and innovative in ways to more effectively teach their students. “As administrators, we just need to remove the roadblocks and try to encourage them to go there and be exhorting and to go to the next level,” he said.

An advantage the school has, being rural, is the smaller-sized classrooms, according to Moore. He said teachers have a better ability to connect with students one-on-one, as well as teaching the class as a whole.

Moore expressed his pride in being the school’s superintendent and pride in his students’ success.

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