Ohio Schools Make Gains But Have Room to Grow, Report Card Shows
Release date: 2/27/2013
2011-2012 will be last report card using current format as
Ohio begins transition beyond “minimal competency system”
COLUMBUS – Ohio’s 2011-2012 State Report Card finds that the state’s public schools are making steady academic gains as a new era of accountability approaches.
The state’s schools registered improvements in 14 of 26 indicators and met the state’s performance goal on 21 out of the 26 indicators. There were especially strong gains in eighth-grade math and science. The number of districts and schools exceeding expected growth in Value-Added also grew significantly.
Ohio schools still have much room to grow. The performance of Ohio’s economically disadvantaged students and minorities remains unacceptably low. Too many students drop out of high school and too many who enroll in college need to take remedial courses.
“We congratulate Ohio’s students, families and educators for making continued, solid academic progress,” said Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael L. Sawyers. “But we will need to set the bar higher to ensure that all of our students are prepared for a future that will demand higher skills. Ohio’s minimal competency system must continue to reform for Ohio’s students to be competitive with their peers.”
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.
The current state-level totals include results for nine districts that were identified earlier this month by the Auditor of State as showing evidence that they “scrubbed” attendance data to potentially improve their report card results. The 2012 and 2011 report cards for those districts and all of their schools have had a watermark added, indicating that the results are subject to change pending further investigation by ODE.
The release of the final 2011-2012 State Report Card was scheduled for August 2012 but was postponed pending the conclusion of the investigation by the Auditor of State.
The information released this year includes a number of new ranking reports as stipulated in state law and Ohio’s May 2012 waiver from the U.S. Department of Education from certain elements of the No Child Left Behind Act. This report can be found at www.reportcard.ohio.gov and includes:
A list of 90 schools that have demonstrated either “High Progress” or “High Performance” while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students.
- A ranking of schools and districts based upon Performance Index scores. The index looks at the performance of every student, not just those who score proficient or higher.
- A ranking of districts based on Value-Added results, which show whether students meet the expected one year of growth for students in grades 4-8 in reading and math.
Go to www.reportcard.ohio.gov to read the full State Report Card, along with district and building report cards.