|I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Monroe's students, parents, teachers, and school administrators for the outstanding 2003 proficiency test results, released by the Ohio Department of Education and featured in Thursday's Middletown Journal. While the scores are preliminary, it appears that Monroe Local School District will meet 2003 state standards in 18 categories after just its 3rd year of operation.
To put this in perspective, the combined Middletown/Monroe district passed only seven indicators in 1999 and nine in 2000. Monroe's results have improved every year, moving our scorecard status from Academic Emergency, to Academic Watch, and then last year's Continuous Improvement. Based on preliminary numbers, Monroe is very likely to move up again in the state scorecard, and be judged Effective. This is an incredible gain, one that was earned through hard work, curriculum improvements, reduced numbers of students per teacher, and frankly, the kind of excellence that comes from pride in our schools. When the district started, I expected it to take at least five years to progress this much. Working together, the people of Monroe did it in just three.
Well earned thanks are due to all the people that worked to make this happen. When you meet the teachers and students this summer, please make your appreciation known.