- Jeremy P. Kelley Staff Writer
Ohio’s state report card for schools was released Thursday, with more than half of Montgomery County districts getting A’s or B’s in student growth, Dayton Public Schools seeing mixed results, and Oakwood ranking as one of only six districts in Ohio to earn an “A” in performance index.
These report cards are largely based on state exams that students took in spring 2017. Schools and districts did not receive an overall grade on this year’s report card, instead getting six component grades on things like graduation rate, test achievement and literacy improvement for young students.
Here are three quick findings from data released this morning:
** Last year, Dayton Public Schools celebrated a crucial “A” in overall student growth. This year, that grade was back down to an “F” (the “progress” component grade was a “D”). Other results were mixed – DPS’ graduation rate also declined, but performance index and K-3 literacy improvement were up slightly.
** Student progress grades (whether students made a year’s worth of growth since last year) were in a wide range. Several big suburban districts – Centerville, Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Northmont, Springboro – were among those getting A’s.
** Districts were held to a higher standard on the achievement measure, resulting in a huge number of “F” grades in “testing indicators met.” In Montgomery County, 14 of the 16 school districts got F’s in that measure, in large part because the state raised the bar, requiring at least 80 percent of students to score proficient for the district to get credit.
This was the second year that Ohio students took this set of tests after bouncing from test to test the previous few years. Scores were down last year on the new, harder tests, and state officials expect them to gradually rise as teachers and students become more familiar with them.
But there are built-in challenges this year, as scores on the phased-out Ohio Graduation Test, which were higher for most districts, come out of the report card calculations. And districts face that higher bar for “indicators met.”