Excellent with Distinction! A+! Worthington Schools!!!

On Wednesday of this week (9/26/12) the State of Ohio released a “slim” version of our district report card.  Because of a data scandal that effected some school districts in Ohio,  State Auditor Yost has held back the official release of data.

Earlier this summer we received the results of our Ohio Achievement exams and our Ohio Graduation exams.  We are able to internally calculate our graduation rate and attendance rate.  So, for some time we have known  that we had met all 26 out of 26 report card indicators.  In a traditional year this would guarantee an “Excellent” rating.  Since early summer we have had to wait for the state to release our data to know if we met or exceeded “value added growth” and if we had met “adequate yearly progress.”

You’ll see here how our schools are rated:

  • 2011-12 Indicators Met: Ohio uses a group of 26 measures, or indicators, as an initial step in determining a school or district’s state grade. The indicators include passing rates on state standardized tests for each grade level and subject, attendance rates and graduation rates. Each grade level and subject (e.g., math, reading, writing, science, social studies) counts as a separate indicator. Graduation and attendance rates are two separate indicators. In elementary and middle schools and for the 10th grade Ohio Graduation Test, at least 75 percent of students taking each state test must pass in order to “meet” the indicator. Ohio has not yet released 2011-12 school attendance rates.
  • 2011-12 AYP: “Adequate Yearly Progress” is a measure of whether a school is making progress towards the goals set under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It is based on standardized test performance, attendance rates and graduation rates.
  • 2011-12 Value-Added: Valued-added is a statistical measure that reflects whether students are making a full year of progress in a year of school, regardless of their levels at the start of the year. Above” means that students in the district showed more than a year’s worth of academic achievement last year. “Below” means students showed less than a year’s worth of achievement, and “Met” means they showed one year of progress.

The data released on Wednesday 9/26/12 can be found here: prelim%20ODE%20spreadsheet%202011-12(1).  It shows that Worthington Schools met all 26 indicators, met Adequate Yearly Progress, and was Above expected growth  in the Value Added measure.  Thus, Worthington when the official designations are bestowed sometime late this fall or early this winter, will have earned the “Excellent with Distinction” or “A+” rating!

In Worthington we stand for much more than test scores.  If you regularly read this blog I hope you pick up on that.  However, the data indicates that our students are achieving at high levels and growing from where they started.  That’s important to us.  It’s our core mission.  We expect “one year’s growth for all students and catch-up growth for those behind.”  When this happens the achievement will take care of itself, and the goal is set so that every child (advanced, accelerated, proficient and struggling) is expected to move forward and make academic progress each year.

Our teachers and school principals have worked incredibly hard.  They are better today then ever before.  Our student population has more challenges than ever, and yet our academic performance is better than ever.  That’s a credit to great teachers and great principals doing the hard work everyday!

Worthington is Excellent with Distinction, Worthington is an A+ school district!  Whatever the State of Ohio wants to use, Worthington is a great place for kids!  We’re proud of that.  I hope you are too!

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3 Responses to Excellent with Distinction! A+! Worthington Schools!!!

  1. Melissa Ogden says:

    What is up with 5th grade math? those scores seem quite low compared to the others.

    • tbowers3 says:

      Melissa,
      Thanks for taking the time to look closely at the data. Fifth grade math is a problem area and we are not happy with our results. Across the state this is an area where students seem to struggle. I believe several things happen to make this a reality. First the test is a big jump from the 4th grade test. Second our current math curriculum (which is being changed as we speak) didn’t align as well as it needed to with the state standards in fifth grade. Finally as much as fifth grade math is concerning, our highest scores are often in sixth grade math. The students struggle on the fifth grade test but the same students do very, very well on the sixth grade test. Thus, they leave elementary school in Worthington with a strong math foundation. (Of course it also speaks to differences in tests, even those that are standardized.)

      Our math leaders are aware of the issue and working to better align our curriculum with what is expected on that particular test. We expect to see improvements.

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