DELPHOS — Franklin Elementary has been named National ESEA Distinguished School for closing achievement gap between student groups on state testing.

Franklin is one of only two schools to receive this honor in Ohio and one of 100 schools in the country being nationally recognized for this achievement in 2018.

Principal Robert Hohlbein stressed that every student learns differently.

“You have to look at every student individually,” he explained. “Every student’s needs are different and you need to find out how they learn best. Our teachers are doing that and meeting the students’ needs and it’s showing on the tests.”

Hohlbein said the award was truly a team accomplishments between the staff, students and parents.

“I am blessed to be around such a phenomenal staff who come in very day with a caring attitude and go above and beyond to make our students and school successful,” he said. “Everyone’s on board, all on the same page and working together to achieve.”

The National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally-funded schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing the success of schools in one of three categories:

• Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years

• Closing the achievement gap between student groups

• Excellence in serving special populations of students

ESEA provides additional resources for vulnerable students and federal grants to improve the quality of public education. The association is an organization of administrators from each of the states and territories who ensure compliance with federal regulation to see that all children have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education.