(Cleves, Oh.) - A couple local school districts are getting good reviews on their report cards from the Ohio Department of Education.
Three Rivers Local Schools and Southwest Local Schools each earned the state’s highest designation, Excellent with Distinction. The ratings released February 27 were based on test scores and data from the 2011-12 school year.
In gaining the Excellent with Distinction label for the second time ever, Three Rivers scored a 101.4 out of a possible 120 points on the Performance Index. It met 25 out of 26 state indicators.
“We are proud of our students, families, and staff,” said Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon. “We know we have more work to do and will continue to strive to improve our performance index and close the gaps for all learners.”
Three Rivers did, however, fall short of making Adequate Yearly Progress. The district’s report can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website, http://www.ode.state.oh.us/reportcardfiles/2011-2012/DIST/047399.pdf.
At Southwest Local Schools, Superintendent Chris Brown said that the district is encouraged by the growth it continues to make on the state report card.
“This designation is a direct reflection of the hard work of our staff, families and students,” Brown said.
Southwest Local Schools also met 25 out of 26 indicators, falling just one short of making AYP. The district’s performance index totaled 101.1.
“Although we are pleased there is still work to be done,” said Brown. “Next year the State will begin the implementation of new standards often referred to as the Common Core. Our Assistant Superintendent, John Hamstra, has been working with groups of teachers all year to convert our curriculum to the new standards.”
Southwest Local will continue to make adjustments to its delivery of instruction that will allow students to earn college credit through the dual enrollment process, Brown added.
You can find Southwest Local Schools’ report card at http://www.ode.state.oh.us/reportcardfiles/2011-2012/DIST/047381.pdf.
Ohio’s accountability system will be changing in 2013. Starting this fall, the state will begin a transition to a new era of district and school performance reporting that will include an easy to understand A-F grading system. The new report cards will take a broader look at the key indicators of school effectiveness and will be based upon standards that ensure all students graduate ready for college and careers.