A through F; Ohio school grade cards released today

Ohio's latest ratings of public school performance will land with more of a thud than a bang this year.
Associated Press
Feb 27, 2013

 

Ohio's latest ratings of public school performance will land with more of a thud than a bang this year.

That's because the full release of the 2011-2012 report cards for 614 traditional public school districts has been delayed for months because of a statewide attendance tampering investigation.

Many elements of the report cards already are known. The Ohio Department of Education plans Wednesday to release two final elements: the overall performance index for each district and building, and the "value-added" measure that rates students' annual academic growth.

Ohio's performance index scale ranges from academic emergency to excellent with distinction. A traditional A-through-F scale is being phased in beginning next school year.

Rankings for about 80 districts with apparent irregularities will be flagged as the department re-examines their attendance data.

Comments

donutshopguy

This new performance standard will last a couple years then the head of the state education department or governor will be replace and we will start over again. It's called the bureaucratic two step. Same old standards with a new alphabet organization.

Truth or Fiction

Donuts-
It's sad but true.

donutshopguy

Truth,

It doesn't matter if they are Republican or Democrat. Age has given me a realization that we continue to repeat the same stupid mistakes again and again. The only exception is that the newest program cost more money.

Here are a few simple facts.

If you and/or your family does not value education it doesn't matter if your school is rated an "A" or "F".

Everyone is born with different abilities.

Square pegs don't fit into round holes no matter what the government decrees.

underthebridge

The ODE District Report cards have been around since 2007-2008. They are centered around what the Ohio Achievement Tests/Assessments (OAA) evaluate, as well as what the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) evaluate beginning at 10th grade. It is basic stuff: Reading, Math, and Science.

The ratings are as follows: Sandusky is Continuous Improvement. Perkins is Effective. Norwalk is Effective. Margaretta is Effective. Bellevue is Effective. Edison is Excellent. Huron is Excellent. Danbury is Excellent.

This is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of the teachers, but often a reflection of how well the district curriculum matches the grade level standards that are evaluated by the OAA, as well as how well the district curriculum prepares the students long term for passing the OGT at 10th grade.

Interesting outcomes.

CrissySnow

I agree. Districts that teach to the test will perform better than others. Throw in the socio-economic demographic of the parents of the student population and there you have the results. And let's not talk about what goes on inthe halls of one of the local schools that has an "Excellent" rating. Ohio, as well as this entire country needs to get their poop in a group as far as education goes, in my opinion.

Wald

Wasn't Perkins rated Excellent prior to beginning their open enrollment program?

Trustafarian

Here is the site on which you can access the rating of each school in Perkins dating back to 2000:
http://webapp2.ode.state.oh.us/r...

underthebridge

I don't think that it has to do with the Open Enrollment students, but I am not sure. About 10 years ago, Perkins was one of the best performing districts in the state consistently being rated as Excellent according the standards at the time. These report cards have a lot to do with how well the district's curriculum (what the teachers teach) is matched to the state standards which are evaluated by the OAA and in 10th grade the OGT.

In my opinion, the decline started with Bucierri and the strike. The problem is that the current administration, superintendent, principals, and BOE, have not been able to stem that decline except at the high school which has been rated as Excellent for several years while the middle school, elementary, and early elementary schools have been stagnant at Effective. I'd argue that the Excellent performance at the high school has more to do with their education prior to the onset of the craziness brought on by the BOE, Bucierri, and now Gunner.

If you look at all the other districts in the area that perform at Excellent (Huron, Edison, Danbury, etc.) they do not expend this kind of $ on 1 to 1 laptop initiatives. Perkins has spent over $5 million on this since 2009, and these are the results? Come on! No real bang for the buck! Other schools are doing better without this kind of expenditure of funds. Lets figure out what they are doing and do it. No need to reinvent the wheel.

rjk1915

These tests also measure the quality of the local population, not the schools. You can't get blood out of a turnip.

donutshopguy

rjk1915,

You are correct. Those schools in areas that have a large lower social-economic group in most cases have a lower rating . For some reason this social-economic group has lower expectations on education. To bad because it's the easiest way to climb out of their present situation.

A school has a child about 6 hours to teach. The remaining 18 hours are spent within a family and neighborhood that doesn't value education. Most kids can't escape the negativity and don't succeed in school.

There are more fetal alcohol and drug related problems at birth in this social-economical group. These issues can effect a child for their whole life in regards to their mental capacity.

A simple way to understand the proportion of this group in your school system is to find the percentage of kids on free or reduced breakfasts or lunch. It pretty much goes hand in hand.

Parents who value education will move from these areas or open enroll their children in other schools.

So as a parent wouldn't you want your kids to associate with a group of students who question where they are going to college rather than if they are going to college. More positive reinforcement.

grandmasgirl

Agree. I can see the decline of the education of children within my area. It has nothing to do with teachers, but everything to do with the influx of low income (entitlement) families in my neighborhood. The parents hang out doing nothing all day and when the kids come home, they totally ignore them and go on with their lives. This is not to say that some parents aren't really great with their kids. It just says that some only care about the check they get each month.

Erie Countian

I was once told that the Perkins Schools ratings went down from excellent to effective when it was mandated that special needs students test scores were to be included in its overall testing results. I believe the special needs students have to take the same standardized achievement tests as all the other students, whether or not they are competent or barely able to do so. I know many special needs children attend Perkins from other local school districts, but would adding their testing results be enough to make a difference in overall evaluations? This is not anything against special needs students. I'm just curious if what I was told is true? Can anyone clarify?

underthebridge

All students take the the Ohio Achievement Assessments. Those with learning disabilities can be provided with accommodations (such as lengthening the test time) or assistance (such as an individual to read the questions and the answer possibilities) or given the Ohio Alternate Assessment. Perkins has always had good special education programs which some parents seek out for their children either by moving to the district or through open enrollment.

Erie Countian

Thanks, underthebridge.