NEW MADISON — The release of the annual Ohio School Report Cards by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) brings comments from county administrators.
Tri-Village Local School District Superintendent Josh Sagester, said the history of the Tri-Village Local School District state report card has illustrated that the students, staff, parents and community have been able to meet and exceed expectations, once the ODE bestows clear targets and testing measures remaining consistent over a period of time. Past results indicate students and staff have excelled in meeting increased expectations, and adjusting to the frequent changes, he said.
“For example, in the first year that districts received what we now deem the state Report Card, the district earned a rating of “Continuous Improvement”, Sagester said. “Over the course of time, the district earned a rating of “Effective” and eventually produced an “Excellent” rating. Beginning in 2012-2013 the state began to alter the report card format, while embracing new standards and designing new assessments. In fact, school districts in Ohio have now taken three different assessments in four years: 2014, Ohio Achievement Assessments; 2015, The Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers; 2016 and 2017, American Institutes for Research. As a result, the grades reflect a system in transition; 2016-2017 marks just the second year of the report card using consistent measures.”
Tri-Village Local School District ranked 66 out of 163 in a comparison group of schools ranking the percentage of funds used for classroom instruction. A rank of one indicates the highest percent spent on classroom instruction. The district spent 66.1 percent of funds on classroom instruction. While schools and districts have received A-F letter grades on “Indicators Met” and“Performance Index” for several years, something new this year was the increase from 75 to 80 percent of students needing to score proficient or higher on each state test. Some of Tri-Village’s summary of report card components and grades are as follows:
Achievement – D = Performance Index – C, 72.1 percent, and Indicators Met – F, eight percent
The Achievement component represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they performed on them. The Performance Index measures the test results of every student, not just those who score proficient or higher. Indicators Met measures the percent of students who have passed state tests. It also includes the gifted indicator. Test results are reported for each student in a grade and subject. The passage rate for each indicator is 80 percent.
Graduation Rate-Grade A
Progress (Value Added)-Grade B
In grades fourth-eighth , students made significantly more progress than expected in all tests. They also made significantly more progress than expected in fourth and fifth grade English and Math, and more progress than expected in seventh grade English and Math. They made progress similar to the statewide expectation in sixth grade English and eighth grade Science, and less progress than expected in sixth grade Math and Social Studies, and eighth grade English and Math. In high school, students made less progress than expected in English I and significantly more progress than expected in English II, Algebra I and Geometry.
Some Junior High/High School Building Highlights: Four-Year Graduation Rate-Grade A; Overall Value Added-Grade A; Gifted Value Added-Grade A; Lowest 20 percent Value Added-Grade A; Students with Disabilities Value Added-Grade A.
“The Ohio Department of Education has increased the expectations and rigor of the assessments that our students must take,” Sagester said. “The Tri-Village Local School District will examine the data provided by the report card, and dissect it to identify strengths and areas needed for improvement. While informative, the district recognizes that many of report card indicators are solely based on tests given on a specific day, during a specific time, and as a result do not truly provide the entire picture of a child’s learning experience in our district, nor does it define the district as a whole. As we take time in the coming weeks to reflect, we will seek ways to improve and celebrate our successes. We will continue to grow stronger as a team, and overcome any hurdles placed in our way. This is the Patriot Way – it starts and ends with the best team of educators, support staff and families around.”