School report card results from the Ohio Department of Education show local schools earning Cs, Ds and Fs for the past school year even though many schools made academic gains.
When Jeffery Talbert, superintendent of Alliance City Schools, looked at the state report cards for his district Thursday, he saw that his students had improved their testing scores and upped overall achievement during the past year.
But on the new report card, their performance still earned the district an F for progress.
“I think that’s gonna be my job,” he said, “to go out to the staff and tell them, your efforts are paying off — however, the rules of the game have changed.”
The report cards from the Ohio Department of Education used letter grades for the first time this year, and no districts received an overall grade. The report cards issued Thursday show schools earning Cs, Ds and Fs for the 2012-13 school year despite the fact that students made academic gains, district officials said.
Results for schools were delayed much of Thursday because of technical problems the department experienced in attempting to release the report cards.
Out of nine grades assigned by the state, Canton City Schools received five Fs.
“I disagree with the department of education and their assertion that these new report cards make educational performance more transparent than ever,” Superintendent Adrian Allison said. “I think that these new report cards may even mislead some of the public on what is happening in some of our schools.”
Allison cited the district’s graduation rate, which jumped five percent from the last set of report cards, but the district still received an F in that category.
He, along with other superintendents, said they plan to work to improve their districts and respond to the new state measurements.
‘THE MAIN POINT’
Jackson Local Schools — a district typically labeled high-performing — earned the highest performance index score, which measures across-the-board student achievement, and got the only A awarded to a local district in that category.
But the district received Cs in components designed to measure the academic progress gifted students or students with disabilities were making.
Christopher DiLoreto, superintendent, said it would be possible for a group of gifted students to test very high one year and not as well the next. The state would report that as a step back, even if the students remained in the top level of achievers on the test.
Similarly, Lake Local Schools Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said it’s tough to measure yearly progress when students routinely score in the upper percentiles.
DiLoreto said his district aims for continual growth over a period of time. If he charts the district’s scores over five years, the data points should be moving up overall, even if there’s a dip in score one year.
Page 2 of 2 - “That’s the main point,” he said.
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