It was a mixed bag of good grades and not-so-good grades for Madison County school districts as the Ohio Department of Education released the annual Ohio School Report Cards Thursday.
“In a highly competitive, quickly changing, global economy where employers’ expectations are higher than ever, our students must be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will make them lifelong learners. With that in mind, there are many ways that parents and communities gauge the success and improvement of their schools and districts — the annual report card is one of them,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Having set high expectations for what our students must know and be able to do, our children and schools are stepping up to the challenge. We’re seeing increases in achievement across the state. I continue to be impressed with the dedication of Ohio’s educators and our students’ desire to learn more and more.”
Districts and schools were graded on six components for the 2016-2017 school year. The components are Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. Districts and schools received A-F grades on each of the six components and most of the individual measures. There are no new measures on the 2016-2017 report cards.
According to news reports, Ohio’s districts were held to a higher standard on the Achievement measure, resulting in a large number of “F” grades across Ohio for “testing indicators met.” The state had raised the bar, requiring at least 80 percent of the students to score proficient for the district to get credit. This is the second year for this set of tests.
In the Achievement category, three of the four Madison County districts received a “D” grade card, with Jonathan Alder receiving a “C” grade.
In the London City School District, the report card gave it a “D” in Achievement, which represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they preformed on them. In this category, the district got a “C” in the Performance index (70.8 percent); and an “F” for Indicators Met at 16.7 percent.
In the category of Gap Closing, where the districts were measured on how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for our most vulnerable populations of students in English language arts, math and graduation, the district received an “F” with Annual Measurable Objectives at 45.6 percent.
In the K-3 Literacy category, which looks at how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond, London received a “C” grade, with a 25 percent K-3 Literacy Improvement.
Under Progress, which looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances, London received an “F” grade. In the four sub-areas of Overall, Gifted, Lowest 20 percent and Students With Disabilities, the score was “F” in each.
There was good news, however. In the Graduation rate category, which looks at the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years, the London District received an “A” grade. The report says the graduation rate is 92.9 percent of students graduating in four years, and 98.1 percent for graduation in five years.
In the sixth Prepared for Success category, which measures whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college, the component looks at how well prepared Ohio’s students are for all future opportunities, the district received a “D” grade.
In the Jonathan Alder Local School District, the report card showed a “C” for Achievement, with a Performance Index of “C” with 79.8 percent but an “F” for Indicators met at 37.5 percent.
In Closing the Gap, Jonathan Alder got a “C” also, with Annual Measurable Objectives at 72 percent.
The district received a “C” for the K-3 Literacy category, with a K-3 Literacy Improvement of 35.3 percent.
In the Progress component, the district received a “B” grade. In the Value added areas: Overall, an “A”; Gifted, an “A”; Lowest 20 percent in Achievement, an “F”; and Students With Disabilities, a “D.”
For Graduation Rate, Jonathan Alder received an “A”, with four-year graduation rate of 96.2 percent and 99.3 percent in five years.
In the Prepared for Success, the district received a “C” score.
At the Madison-Plains Local School District, the Achievement grade was “D”, with a performance Index of 73.1 percent at “C”; Indicators Met was “F” at 8 percent.
In Closing the Gap, the district received an “F” grade card, with Annual Measurable Objectives at 41.2 percent.
However, in the K-3 Literacy component, Madison-Plains received a “B” grade, with a K-3 Literacy Improvement of 61.9 percent.
For Progress, the district also did well with a “B” grade card. In Value-Added the district received: Overall, “A”; Gifted, “B”; Lowest 20 percent in Achievement, “C” and Students With Disabilities, “C.”
The district also received a “B” grade for Graduation Rate, with a “B” for 89 percent of students graduating in four years and an “A” for 95.8 percent of students graduating in five years.
However, Madison-Plains received a “D” score for Prepared for Success.
The Jefferson Local School District’s School Report card showed an Achievement component grade of “D.” This included a Performance Index of 73.7 percent and a “C” grade; and Indicators Met with an “F” score at 12.5 percent.
In Closing the Gap, the district received a grade of “C”, with Annual Measurable Objectives at 74.6 percent.
For K-3 Literacy, the district received a “C” grade, with a K-3 Literacy Improvement of 44.7 percent.
In the Progress component, the district received a “D” grade, with Value-Added: Overall, “F”; Gifted, “C”; Lowest 20 percent in Achievement, “D”; and Students with Disabilities, “C.”
The district received an “A” grade for Graduation Rate, with “A” grades for 97.7 percent of students graduating in four years and 96.7 percent in five years.
In the Prepared for Success component, the district received a “D” grade.
Users can find the grades and other data for all schools and districts, including community and other schools, at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.
As a way to highlight the many successes and achievements of Ohio’s school districts, the Department provided districts an opportunity to add a link to a webpage of content that describes their unique qualities and successes.
In 2015, Ohio lawmakers extended “safe harbor” provisions to give students and schools time to adjust to the new standards and tests. The 2016-2017 school year is the last year these provisions are in place.
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