Report cards are in


State-graded components receive letter grades

Staff report



DARKE COUNTY — The Ohio Department of Education released the annual Ohio School Report Cards.

“Ohio has raised expectations for students to reflect what is necessary for them to be successful in college, careers and life. This year’s report cards and the grades we’re seeing reflect a system in transition,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria said. “They reflect new tests, higher achievement targets and more challenging expectations. Improvement is happening, and with time, it will begin to show on the report cards. There are many ways that parents and communities gauge the success and improvement of schools and districts — the report card is one of them. At the same time, we know schools and districts will use these report cards to have discussions about performance and make decisions about instruction and improvement strategies.”

Districts and schools were graded on six components for the 2015-2016 school year. The components are Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. While the department has given letter grades on most of the individual measures within the components for several years, new this year are letter grades on each of the six components.

The Achievement component represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they performed on them.

The Gap Closing component shows how well schools are meeting the performance of students in English language arts, math and graduation.

The K-3 Literacy component looks at how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond.

The Progress component looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.

The Graduation Rate component looks at the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years.

The Prepared for Success component looks at how well prepared Ohio’s students are for all future opportunities whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college.

Here’s how county schools were rated on each component for the 2015-2016 school year:

Arcanum-Butler Local School District

Achievement – C

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – D

Progress – A

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – D

Ansonia Local School District

Achievement – C

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – F

Progress – C

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – D

Bradford Exempted Village School District

Achievement – D

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – D

Progress – F

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – D

Franklin Monore Local School District

Achievement – C

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – C

Progress – B

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – C

Greenville City School District

Achievement – D

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – D

Progress – C

Graduation Rate – B

Prepared for Success – D

Mississinawa Valley Local School District

Achievement – D

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – F

Progress – D

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – D

Tri-Village Local School District

Achievement – D

Gap Closing – F

K-3 Literacy – F

Progress – A

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – D

Versailles Exempted Village School District

Achievement – B

Gap Closing – D

K-3 Literacy – D

Progress – B

Graduation Rate – A

Prepared for Success – B

Last summer, Ohio lawmakers extended “safe harbor” provisions to give students and schools time to adjust to the new standards and tests. During the safe harbor school years, schools may not use test results in any decision to grant credit to a student or as a factor to promote or deny a student’s promotion to a higher grade level. The only exception to this safe harbor provision is the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Safe harbor also does not apply to graduation requirements.

A more in-depth look into each school district’s report cards will be published in a series of upcoming stories in The Daily Advocate.

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State-graded components receive letter grades

Staff report

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