State Report Cards: Greenville City School District making progress


By Carolyn Harmon - charmon@dailyadvocate.com



GREENVILLE — The release of the annual Ohio School Report Cards by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) brings comments from county administrators.

According to Greenville City School District Superintendent Doug Fries, the district is making progress.

“Students scored an average of six percentage points higher in reading over last year, and mathematics proficiency scores were above the state average for most grade levels,” he said. “We continue to work hard to make improvements for our students. Although we are always striving to do better in examining our report card data with Greater Western Ohio Conference schools and similar districts, we are comparable in results.”

Greenville City School District ranked 34 out of 275 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 70.5 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 Greenville’s summary of report card components and grades are as follows:

Achievement – D; Performance Index- D, 69.3 percent, Indicators Met – F, 4.2 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.

“This year our Performance Index increased from 67.4 percent to 69.3 percent, indicating that more students are scoring higher,” Supt. Fries said.

K-3 Literacy – C, 33.1 percent

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 district literacy grade increased from a D to a C, showing that we are making improvement with our earliest readers,” Fries said.

Progress – C

The Progress component looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances. The grades fourth – eighth students, overall, made progress similar to the statewide expectation on all tests. They made less progress than expected in fourth and eighth grade English Language Arts and sixth grade Math. Students made moderately less progress than expected in sixth grade Social Studies and eighth grade Science and significantly more progress than expected in Math. The high school students made less progress than expected in English I, English II and Algebra I, and significantly more progress than expected in Geometry.

“For the second year in a row we have remained a “C” in “Value-Added” growth in all categories, and for the overall component,” Fries said. “This is equivalent to our students making expected growth, which is equal to one year growth in one year’s time. Four of the last five years we have met or exceeded growth on the report card, which means that we are consistently instructing and moving students forward.”

Graduation Rate – B

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

“For the second year in a row our graduation rate was more than 90 percent, and our five -year rate was 93.9 percent,” Fries said. “This is our ultimate goal and most important goal to make sure that our students graduate and are ready for the work force. The longer we have students in our school system, the more success we have with them. We are pleased that in the last four years that our graduation rate has consistently been over 90 percent.”

“As we analyze our results, we always keep in mind that the information released is not a complete picture of all that we are providing for our students,” Fries said. “We are deeply committed to ensuring the education of our students is reflective of our local values and traditions, making sure that Greenville City Schools are a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach. We take great pride in our educational programming, including expanding our College Credit Plus programs and participants from 58 students last year to 79 students this past year. We also provide outstanding career technology programming with industry recognized credentials and national awards, outstanding music and art programs, the opportunity to participate in Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) training and many athletics. What we offer, and what all public schools offer for the success of their students is much more than a test score that is measured and released annually by the Ohio Department of Education.”

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By Carolyn Harmon

charmon@dailyadvocate.com

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