Although not complete, preliminary date from the Ohio Department of Education on the State Report Cards show area districts have kept in line with past performances.
Delphos City, Elida, Fort Jennings, Lincolnview and Ottoville schools all met the Adequate Yearly Progress and Value Added markers. Delphos, Fort Jennings and Ottovile met all 26 markers and Elida came up short on fifth-grade math and science and Lincolnview on fifth- and seventh-grade math.
Delphos City Schools Interim Superintendent Frank Sukup said he is pleased with the preliminary report.
“Our grade card is a tribute to our teachers, students, parents and community,” he said. “We all worked hard and did an excellent job. The community can be proud of its school system.”
Sukup attributed this year’s scores and several of the past year’s on a curriculum mapping initiative.
“When we started mapping throughout the grades, it was difficult. Anything of this magnitude is hard to get started but once you have it, you can build on it from year to year and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” Sukup said. “Our curriculum mapping has started to pay dividends and I believe it will continue to do so.”
Ottoville Superintendent Scott Mangas was equally pleased with his school’s performance.
“We have dedicated parents, students and teachers,” Mangas said. “The parents make sure the students are coming to school prepared and ready to work and our teachers work hard on core standards and curriculum mapping.”
Elida’s Don Diglia is pleased with his district’s overall performance but said there is room for improvement across the board.
“We are really focusing on fifth-grade math and science,” he said. “We’ve known we have work do in those areas for several years. We’ve been mapping in K-5 and did see an improvement from last year’s scores, which had us at 57.2 percent on math and now we’re at 66.7 percent.”
Diglia said he was glad to see the district’s improvement on AYP and Value Added.
“I’m pleased with meeting those two markers,” he said. “Student growth and improvements is important. That’s what it’s all about.
Lincolnview Interim Superintendent Doug Kartst said he is also pleased with his district’s grade card but sees room for improvement.
“We are just getting into curriculum mapping and our teachers are making use of information and training from the state,” he said. “We have seen the lower numbers in fifth- and seventh-grade math and knew those scores were going to be lower.”
He added that the district’s meeting the AYP and Value Added is always a goal.
“We are really pleased with meeting those two markers. We won’t become complacent, though. We always want to improve,” he added.
The ODE released only a portion of the report card for districts around the state Wednesday.
“ODE is committed to releasing data when available so that students, parents, educators and the public can be informed about the progress of our schools,” said Michael L. Sawyers, acting superintendent of Public Instruction. “Schools and districts have had access to preliminary student achievement data on standardized assessments throughout the summer. It is time to share this preliminary information with others, with the understanding that the data is not yet final.”
Additional report card data for districts and schools will be released at a later date, pending the progress of an investigation by State Auditor David Yost into alleged irregularities in the reporting of student attendance by districts.
Value-Added results show whether students meet the expected one year of growth for students in Grades 3-8 in reading and math.
AYP is a federally required component that measures achievement of each student subgroup, including racial and ethnic components.