JACKSON TWP. Everyone knows what it feels like to get a report card. From kindergarten through college, anyone who has attended school knows that one day there will be a report card filled with grades for performance. Many parents save report cards from their children through the years, while other kids just want to forget about them.
In late September, school districts in Stark County and around the state received their report cards from testing data compiled by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The results were mixed for schools around the county. Jackson Local Schools, however, was one of the districts which received all As and Bs in the six main components and on 7 of the 10 of the subcomponents.
What were the district’s grades? What do the state report cards say about the district? What are the take aways from the grade card? What are future plans for improvement? Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto explains it all below.
Jackson Local Grades
Jackson received all As and Bs on its report card. It also met 19 out of the 23 indicators used for the grading process. There are six components that are measured by the ODE and those are listed below with the grades Jackson received in each component.
B for Achievement – represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they performed on them. Jackson received a B for Performance Index and a C for Indicators Met subcomponents.
B for GAP Closing – shows how well districts are meeting the performance expectations for the most vulnerable populations of students in English language arts, math and graduation. Received a B in Annual Measurable Objectives subcomponent.
B for K-3 Literacy – looks at how successful the district is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond. Received a B in the K-3 Literacy subcomponent.
B for Progress – looks at the growth that all students are making based on past performances. Jackson received Bs and Cs for the subcomponents including a B for Overall, C for Gifted, C for Students with Disabilities and a B for Lowest 20 percent in Achievement.
A for Graduation Rate – looks at the percent of students who finish high school with a diploma in four or five years. Received an A with 98.4 percent graduating in four years and 97.9 percent graduating in five years.
B for Prepared for Success – looks at how well students are prepared for training in a technical field, for work or for college.
What Does the Report Card Reveal about the District?
DiLoreto said this is the second year for testing using the American Institute for Research (AIR) tests and this year’s report card shows trend data that the district is moving in the right direction and that students are learning, growing and progressing like they need.
"I consider the report card a success for the district, we were one of 19 out of 608 districts in Ohio to receive As and Bs," DiLoreto said. "After two years of using the AIR tests, I feel we have a clearer picture of what the assessment tool is asking of our staff and students which will help drive instruction in the future."
How Success was Achieved
In addition to a dedicated and informed teaching and support staff, DiLoreto said the district achieved success with the report card ratings for a number of reasons.
"We’ve had more exposure to the content that is assessed in this second year. The trend data is important to us and we’ll use the past two years worth of assessments to make informed decisions for instruction as we move forward," DiLoreto said.
What are the Take Aways?
While DiLoreto said the report card shows a snapshot of one day when each student was testing, it’s important to closely examine the data from the past two years to make plans for the future. DiLoreto believes the biggest take away for teachers, staff, parents and students is that the trend data shows the district is moving in the right direction.
"The best way to measure any district is by parents being involved with students, teachers and support staff," he said. "The report card doesn’t show what’s happening in the district in terms of extracurricular activities or the community engagement our students our involved with on a daily basis."
What about the Future?
DiLoreto said the district plans to continue to look at individual student data to determine instructional needs.
"It’s important for use to examine all of our student data to make sure our students receive the individualized instruction needed to continue to grow and progress," he said. "It’s also important to be aware of all of the good things happening in the district. We have an exciting month of October with homecoming, the marching band’s black light show and our Unity in the Community Pancake Breakfast and Health Fair."