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BHS Work is Affirmed

The national non-profit Education Trust recently visited Bexley to learn more about how the high school has succeeded in providing access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students of color and low-income students.

The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels — prekindergarten through college. “Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people – especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian – to lives on the margins of the American mainstream,” according to

An unusually high percentage of Bexley students enroll in the school’s 22 AP courses: last year 62 percent of students who were eligible took at least one of the rigorous, college level courses. Principal Harley Williams said that the school began to set goals in this area after reviewing data and soliciting help from supportive parents. The original parent group called “Success for All” has evolved into the current Bexley Minority Parents Alliance.

Ashley Griffin and Dr. Davis Dixon of Education Trust met with Dr. Williams and teachers and observed BHS classes to gather information that they hope to share with other schools across the country.

In addition, Ohio’s recently released School Report Card indicated that BHS was particularly successful in the area of “Gap Closing,” or how well it is meeting
performance expectations for the most vulnerable populations of students in English language arts, math and graduation. BHS earned an “A” in Gap Closing, with measures for both white students and all students comparable, exceeding the “Annual Measurable Objective” in each area.

BHS also learned this fall that its Value-added scores are strong. This Ohio Department of Education report measures the impact schools and teachers have on students’ academic progress from year to year, measuring the range between predicted student performance on state tests with actual performance. For each of the four measured tests – English 9, English 10, Algebra I, and Geometry – BHS received the highest score, “Accomplished.”

“These kinds of external recognitions affirm the hard work members of the BHS learning community put forth daily to make sure that students at BHS maximize their potential as learners and as citizens,” said Principal Williams.