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October 27, 2014
Melisa Shady
Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary
1110 W 4th St
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Dear Principal Shady:
Congratulations! I’m happy to share with you that the Ohio Department of Education has named Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary a High Progress School of Honor for the first year, based on your building’s 2013-2014 Ohio School Report Card data on student reading and math performance.
The Schools of Honor program looks at schools with a high percentage of students from economically disadvantaged homes and tracks the performance of all students in these areas for the five most recent years. It spotlights schools that have shown sustained progress in student performance by all students over that time period.
Learn more details about the High Progress Schools of Honor selection criteria at
By showing consistent progress in raising math and reading skills for all student groups, you have proved that administrators, teachers and families who have high expectations and provide continual support can enable students from all backgrounds to achieve academically. Together, you are opening up a world of opportunities for your students and building a wonderful legacy for your community.  
It takes bold leadership and great personal and professional commitment to accomplish this. I thank you for the role you are playing. Also please pass on my thanks to those who have shared in your school’s success. I hope you all will share the lessons you’ve learned with other Ohio schools. 
In the coming weeks, we will be sending you a High Progress School of Honor banner to display in your building. If you have questions about the banner or the award, please contact Sherry Panizo in our Office of Policy and Research at (614) 387-0546 or
Richard A. Ross, Ph.D.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183

(614) 644-6777 | (877) 644-6338


Congrats to Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary for being named a School of Promise for the 2012-2013 school year by ODE.

Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students' names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.

Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.


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Lorain Community Elementary is one of the Constellation Schools, where we focus on student academic excellence, promote good character, and ensure small class sizes. Our schools prepare students to become successful, well rounded, life-long learners.
An education at Constellation Schools Lorain Community Elementary starts during the early years of kindergarten, where we begin to prepare our students to become life-long learners by developing their academic foundation and providing them with the tools to be successful in their future endeavors. Here, your child will be among small classes where they are instructed by dedicated, state-certified teachers who utilize new textbooks, current technology, and creative teaching methods to integrate Character Education throughout the state-approved curriculum.
Lorain Community Elementary sets high standards for all students based upon and above the Ohio Academic Content Standards. In addition, our school offers parents a real opportunity to be involved in the education of their child by creating a learning community where teachers, parents, and students work together to ensure academic success for all students.
All Constellation Schools are public schools with no tuition. They are privately run, proud leaders of Ohio’s charter schools, offering a choice in education for thousands of Ohio’s families.
Use the links at left to find out more about our school, our curriculum, and how to enroll your child.