Local schools graded

The Ohio Department of Education released the newly designed A-F preliminary 2012-13 district and school report cards Thursday, with

The districts are to receive an A-F rating instead of the past ratings of “Effective,” “Continuous Improvement” or “Excellent.” Schools are to be graded on six components by 2015, but will only be graded on four components for the year 2012-13: achievement, progress, gap closing and graduation rate.

Tiffin City Schools received a letter B grade, or 83.3 percent, for performance index and A for indicators met, meeting 100 percent of the indicators, under the achievement component.

According to the ODE, the performance index measures the achievement of every student, not just whether they are “proficient.” Schools receive points for a student’s achievement.

For the graduation rate for students who are to graduate in five and four years, the district received a letter B grade for both measurements. The graduation rate is the measurement of students that graduated in 2011.

“I am proud of the students and staff, they work very hard to meet the state standards,” Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Donald Coletta said. “I am very pleased with the rates with the performance index and the number of indicators met. The data analysis has become more sophisticated, it better measures the growth of the subgroups of students than ever before.”

Last year the district received an “Excellent” rating.

“The past rating gave the bigger picture. The score now gives more detail on certain groups and allows for the district to focus (the) attention of the areas that need the most improvement,” Coletta said.

The district received a C grade for overall value added under progress, along with a C for the area of gifted students. The district also received a D grade for students with disabilities.

“We have programs in place for our gifted and students with disabilities,” Coletta said. “We just need to refocus our objectives of those programs. We are headed in the right direction and the data that we have we are able to use and it gives us more information to help students on an individual basis and that is our mission at TCS.”

Fostoria City Schools received a C for its performance index, or 74.4 percent, and for indicators met, the district received an F, or 41.7 percent.

With the system being new for the state, Fostoria Superintendent Andrew Sprang said there are good and bad points.

“The result is really a mixed bag for us,” Sprang said. “It all depends on what you are looking at.”

Sprang said that under the performance index, a third of the 9-12 grade students scored above accelerated on the Ohio Graduation Tests, but there is more work to do.

For this school year, Sprang said the district has implemented a new language arts series to assist with reading to help weave reading into science and social studies as part of the new common core standards.

Gregg Pettit, superintendent for Bettsville Local Schools, said overall the district seems to be average.

“There are different grading scales for each category,” Pettit said. “It is hard to determine an overall grade.”

Bettsville received a 64.3 percent or D for all indicators met and a 75 percent or C, for its performance index.

“I am pleased with the performance index score. I feel that we have a lot of low level students right now and we are bringing them up every year. They are learning and improving,” Pettit said.

One thing that needs to be stressed is not one school in Ohio got all A’s, Hopewell-Loudon Local School Superintendent Nichole Jiran said.

“With looking at the results, as a district, we have exceeded and kept the same level we have always had,” Jiran said.

Hopewell-Loudon received an 85.8 percent or B for performance index and a 100 percent for all indicators met. In addition, the graduation rates for the district were both A’s.

“There are still areas that need to be improved. We are working on improving the value added for the high school with increasing English and reading,” Jiran said. “What the new report card has done is to give a better ball park to help with improving specific areas.”

This is also the first year that Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers has received a report card.

For the 2012-13 year, it is to be graded on graduation rate and post-program placement. For the district’s 2011 graduate rate, it received 100 percent or A, for the four-year measurement, and a 97.1 percent or A, for the five-year measurement. For post-placement outcomes, the schools received a 82.3 percent or a C grade.

“For it being our first time receiving a report, it is outstanding,” V-S Superintendent Greg Edinger said. “What we need to work on for the post-placement is to keep in contact with students six months after they graduate, which we do. The ratings are based on 2011 graduates and the data for the 2012-13 year has not been included yet.”

Edinger said the most important aspect is to make sure students get in the right program for them to help to determine their success.

The new report card design was authorized by House Bill 555 last fall. The reports were changed to allow for parents and taxpayers to see a sharper picture of the schools and how they are preparing students for college, jobs and life, according to the ODE website.

By August 2015, schools are to be graded on up to 18 measures under six components.