DELPHOS — Delphos City Schools have something to celebrate. The Ohio Department of Education School Report Cards were released on Wednesday and the district has reached the grade of “Excellent with Dinstinction.”
This is the district’s fourth “Excellent” and the first with “Distinction” attached.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Superintendent Frank Sukup said Thursday. “This is a testament to the hard work put in by the everyone. We congratulate the students for and thank them for their effort. The teaching staff has worked hard and we are proud of our parental support.”
Sukup said the district’s curriculum mapping has helped elevate its State Report Card grade.
“A lot of our success is from our curriculum mapping,” he said. “Teachers spend quite a bit of time looking at where students may be struggling and getting them the extra help. We are looking at data a little more. We are just continuing to do what we have been; we just did a better job this time.”
Sukup said there is a down side to scoring so well on any State Report Card.
“You reach a point where you can’t get a better score and some of the markers on the State Report Card measure improvement from year to year,” he said. “If you are at the top, there is only one place to go.”
Elida was rated “Effective” and Spencerville earned “Excellent.” In Putnam County, Fort Jennings and Ottoville districts were again rated “Excellent.” Kalida Schools were also rated “Excellent.”
In Van Wert County, Lincolnview continued its streak with an “Excellent” rating.
The State Report Card includes 26 indicators, including grade-level achievement testing, the Ohio Graduation Test and attendance and graduation rates.
Other measured criteria are the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), which holds schools accountable in the areas of reading and mathematics proficiency and test participation for schools and districts as well as students in sub groups such as ethnic and racial minorities, economically disadvantaged or students with disabilities.
Value Added recognizes districts and schools that may be making significant academic improvements even though they may not have met the standard for student achievement. The measure reflects how much progress was made since the prior year in fourth- through eighth-grade reading and math.
Performance Index measures reward the achievement of every test student, not just those who score proficient or higher. Schools and districts earn points based on how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3-8 and on the OGT. The score can range from 0-120.