2014-15 school report cards released


By Casey S. Elliott - celliott@civitasmedia.com



Champaign County school district grades are mostly lower compared to the 2013-14 report cards, though some districts made improvement in specific areas.

The Ohio Department of Education released the full 2014-15 state report cards Thursday. It released partial information last month. Districts waited longer than usual this time for report card data – usually released in August – due to new tests the state instituted. The state has since removed those tests and replaced them with new ones for the current school year.

For the next report cards, the department hopes to release data no later than mid-September 2016.

Most districts saw decreases in grades due to higher standards, education department Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Lonny J. Rivera says in a press release.

“We’ve long expected that grades might decline as we began to raise the bar for our students and schools,” he said. “We believe both teachers and students will take steps to adjust to the new standards and tests.”

The grades

The Achievement section measures how many students passed state tests (Indicators Met) and how well students did on the state tests (Performance Index).

Graham Local Schools dropped one letter grade from 2013-14 to 2014-15 for both Indicators Met and Performance Index. The district’s Indicators Met grade for 2014-15 is F, and Performance Index is D.

Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools’ Performance Index dropped one grade (now a C), and its Indicators Met grade increased (from B to A).

Triad Local Schools’ Performance Index dropped one grade (now a C), and its Indicators Met increased one grade (now a B).

Urbana City Schools’ Performance Index dropped one grade (now a D), and its Indicators Met grade stayed the same (a D).

West Liberty-Salem Local Schools’ Performance Index and Indicators Met grades remained the same from the 2013-14 school year. It’s Performance Index is a B, and its Indicators Met grade is an A.

The Progress section measures the district or school’s average progress for students in math and reading, grades 4-8. It breaks out progress of all students (Overall), Gifted students, the Lowest 20 percent of students in achievement, and Students with Disabilities.

Graham’s overall value added grade stayed the same from 2013-14 – an F. Its gifted value-added grade dropped from a C to D. The district’s students with disabilities value-added data improved from an F to a B, and its lowest 20 percent value added data increased from an F to a C.

Mechanicsburg’s overall value added grade dropped from an A to an F. Its gifted student value added grade stayed the same at a C. Both its lowest 20 percent and students with disabilities value added grades dropped from an A to an F.

Triad’s overall and gifted value added grades stayed the same (a C). Its students with disabilities value added grade dropped from a C to a D, and its lowest 20 percent grade dropped from a B to a D.

Urbana’s overall value added grade stayed the same at an A. Its gifted value added grade improved from a D to an A. Its students with disabilities grade increased from a C to an A. The district’s lowest 20 percent value added grade stayed the same at a B.

West Liberty-Salem’s overall value added grade dropped from a C to an F. Its Gifted value added grade improved from an F to a D. Its students with disabilities grade dropped from a C to a D. Its lowest 20 percent value added grade dropped from a C to an F.

The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) measures how student groups in the district or school compare to the state’s goal.

Graham and Urbana’s AMO for 2014-15 remained the same (F). Triad’s AMO stayed the same at a D.

Mechanicsburg’s AMO dropped from an A to a D. West Liberty-Salem’s AMO dropped from a B to a C.

The Graduation Rate section measures how many students graduate in four years or five years.

Graham’s graduation rate for four-year completion stayed the same (C) from the 2013-14 school year report card; its five-year completion dropped from an A to a C.

Mechanicsburg’s graduation rate grades for both four and five years stayed the same from 2013-14, an A.

Triad’s four-year graduation rate increased to a B for the 2014-15 school year. Its five-year rate stayed the same at a C.

Urbana’s graduation rate for both four and five years increased from 2013-14. Its four-year graduation rate grade increased from a D to a C, and its five-year grade increased from an F to a C.

West Liberty-Salem’s four- and five-year graduation rate grades remained the same, both an A.

The K-3 Literacy section measures how well the school moved students at each level – kindergarten, first, second and third grades – who were not on track to read at grade level at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year to being on track at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. The 2013-14 report cards had provisional data for this when the report cards were released that time.

Graham’s K-3 Literacy grade for the 2014-15 school year is a D.

Mechanicsburg’s K-3 Literacy grade is “not reported.” This means that fewer than 5 percent of its kindergartners were reading below grade level at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Triad’s K-3 Literacy grade for the 2014-15 school year is a D. Urbana’s K-3 Literacy grade is a B for the 2014-15 school year. West Liberty-Salem’s K-3 Literacy grade is a D for the 2014-15 school year.

Report cards for districts, individual school buildings, career technical schools, dropout recovery schools and more can be found at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.

By Casey S. Elliott

celliott@civitasmedia.com

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.