The state has recognized 12 Madison-Plains teachers, most of them from Madison Rural Elementary, as master teachers.
The designation is part of a new program passed under Ohio Senate Bill 2. Teachers who are nationally board certified automatically earn the title. All others must be professionally licensed, have taught for at least seven years, complete an application and secure two recommendations.
A selection committee judges each applicant for consistent leadership, collaboration, a focus on students and classroom environment, knowledge of content, instruction and assessment skills, and professional growth.
Karen Muska, Madison-Plains curriculum coordinator, introduced the districts first crop of honorees at the June 16 school board meeting. Those from the high school are Tina Abraham, Sandra Clawson and Todd Geyer. Those from Madison Rural are Cheryl Ferguson, Christina Finney, Sandra Harbour, Rosanne McCollister, Melanie Moss-Lenz, Stephanie North, Casey ONeill, Tereca Rubel and Cynthia McConkey.
In addition to being a good resumé builder, data related to the designation shows up on the districts state report card, Muska said. The report will list the percentage of a districts teachers who are eligible to apply for master teacher status, as well as the percentage who have actually achieved it.
In other news, Muska reported the preliminary results of the Ohio Graduation Test, taken by sophomores this spring: 89 percent scored proficient in reading (vs. 89.7 percent in 2008); 92 percent in writing (92.2 last year); 81 percent in math (87.9 percent last year); 79 percent in science (79.3 last year); and 89 percent in social studies (83.6 percent last year).
Next school year, the high school will offer Mandarin Chinese I, in addition to French and Spanish, as well as American Sign Language II. Both classes will be taught via long-distance learning.
Biology II will not be offered next year as the high school makes a transition to a combined Biology II/anatomy/physiology course starting in 2010-11.