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Centerville’s report card: What went right, what went wrong

Centerville City Schools ranked among the state’s leaders in college completion and teacher attendance, according to the state report card released last week, but the trend was not as positive on performance index on state tests.

The Dayton Daily News is analyzing local school districts’ report card results in more detail. The report card starts with state test score data, but also includes details about teaching staff, attendance, ACT scores and more.

Highs and lows

** About 60 percent of Centerville’s class of 2010 graduated from college within six years, according to state report card data. That put Centerville in the top 5 percent in the state, behind only Oakwood and some small north Miami Valley districts locally. Centerville was tied with Mason on that measure, 9 points ahead of Springboro and 11 points ahead of Beavercreek.

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** The teacher attendance rate in Centerville was 96.7 percent, again putting the district in the top 5 percent in the state, and No. 2 in the core Dayton area behind tiny Newton in Miami County.

** Performance index is the most complete measure of students’ results on state tests. Of 40 local school districts, 34 saw their performance index percentage rise by at least 1 point this year. Centerville’s percentage rose only 0.5. The district’s 80.9 percentage ranked 13th of those 40 districts, 4 points behind Springboro and 2 points behind Beavercreek, but 1 point ahead of Kettering and 4.5 points ahead of Miamisburg.

Teacher data

Centerville teachers averaged 14 years of experience, right at the state median for districts, according to report card data. They averaged a $65,853 salary, which puts the district just outside the top 10 percent in the state, about $100 below Kettering and $50 above Bellbrook.

Teacher evaluations put 89.1 percent of Centerville teachers in the highest category of “accomplished,” and 10.1 percent in the next category of “skilled.” The rest of the evaluations were labeled “not complete,” meaning no teachers were deemed “developing” or “ineffective.”

School-by-school data

All schools in the district earned C’s in Achievement except for Watts Middle School, which got a B. Every school in the district that was graded on kindergarten through third-grade literacy earned a “B” or a “C.”

Despite the district getting an “A” in year-over-year progress, the individual schools’ scores were more modest. Watts got an “A,” while Centerville High School, Cline Elementary and Magsig Middle School got B’s. John Hole, Normandy and Weller elementary schools got C’s, while Tower Heights Middle School and Driscoll and Stingley elementaries got D’s.

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Gap closing measures whether groups of students by race, economics and disability narrowed performance gaps with the student body as a whole. Scores were low statewide, and Centerville mirrored that. Grades ranged from B’s for Normandy and the high school, to C’s for Watts, John Hole and Weller, a D for Tower Heights, and F’s for Driscoll, Stingley, Cline and Magsig.

Only Centerville High School gets grades for graduation rate and “prepared for success.” Centerville’s four-year graduation rate of 94.9 was good for an “A,” just behind Northmont, Beavercreek and Springboro, but ahead of Kettering and Miamisburg.

Prepared for Success

Centerville received a “C” in the “prepared for success” measure on the state report card. In addition to having a high college completion percentage, Centerville also had 80 percent of its class of 2014 enroll in college within two years. That ranked in the top 35 in the state, just behind Bellbrook and Springboro.

RELATED: Oakwood No. 1 in state; two districts ace graduation rate

About 55 percent of all Centerville seniors achieved a remediation-free score on the ACT or SAT, about 7 points behind Springboro and 7 points ahead of Beavercreek. About 32 percent of seniors earned an Honors Diploma, 4 points behind Springboro and Beavercreek. In both of those categories, Centerville was well ahead of most other large suburban districts.

Centerville was among the highest performers locally on Advanced Placement tests, with 30 percent of seniors earning a score of 3 or better on at least one AP test. Centerville scored below the local average in the percentage of students earning industry credentials (1.5 percent) or earning three or more dual enrollment credits (24.2 percent).

RELATED: Large suburban schools get many C’s, some A’s

Odds and ends

Report card data shows 99.6 percent of third graders met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements for promotion to fourth grade. Almost 40 percent of Ohio school districts had 100 percent meet the requirements.

Compared to last year, Centerville’s Achievement and Prepared for Success grades went down, from B’s to C’s. Their year-over-year Progress grade went up, from a “B” to an “A.” K-3 Literacy Improvement rose from and “F” to a “C” and Gap Closing rose from an “F” to a “D.” Graduation rate stayed at an “A.”

Centerville ranks in the bottom five percent of Ohio districts, with only 94.6 percent of core courses taught by a properly certified teacher, according to report card data. For 437 of Ohio’s 608 districts, that percentage is 99.0 or higher.

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