Lawmaker praises Sandusky educator
A local educator’s efforts to help her students earned a shoutout from the nation’s capital.
During a five-minute speech about the power of education on the House floor last week, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, praised Sandusky High School teacher Jamie Spero for her impact on students, which led to high scores on recent state tests. Beatty represents the third congressional district of Columbus, Bexley and Whitehall.
The speech is available on Beatty’s YouTube channel. Spero is also pictured with Beatty on a poster displayed during the speech.
Spero has worked for Sandusky Schools for more than a decade. Recently, her freshmen English students achieved an 85 percent passage rate on state tests and the highest value-added score in the high school’s English department two years in a row.
“Her hard work and her unique ability to connect with students and people has made all the difference,” Beatty said. “As Jamie recently said to me, we need more educators to let students know daily that they can achieve anything they can put their minds to, no matter their race, abilities or anything negative they’ve been told. Yes, America’s next generation of leaders are today’s students.”
Sandusky Schools’ 2017-18 state report card was the most impressive one to date. Sandusky High School received the Momentum Award from state education officials for receiving an A in all value-added categories on last fall’s state report card. Only about 4 percent of schools in Ohio earn this honor.
The award recognizes schools receiving As on every value-added measurement included on the Ohio school report card. To be eligible for the Momentum Award, an institution must receive straight-As on all value-added measures that monitor academic progress. The school or district must have at least two value-added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement and students with disabilities.