The Ohio Department of Education recently released report cards for Ohio's School Districts. The report card is intended to give you a picture of how our district and buildings are performing using letter grades A-F to grade various measures under six broad categories: Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. The 2016-2017 State Report Card marks just the second year of the report card using consistent metrics measures, namely AIR student assessments. However, the threshold for passage on each indicator increased to 80%, an increase of 5-20% depending on the specific subject content area. The following reflects the district report card results.
Summary of Report Card Components and Grades:
Achievement – GRADE: C (Last year’s result C)
Represents whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall. The percentage threshold was increased to 80%. The district met 9/23 test indicators and received 93.8 points on the performance index that is calculated based on students’ level of scoring. While the district met fewer indicators this year, the performance index increased from last year.
Gap Closing – GRADE: F (Last year’s result F)
Shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for various populations of students in English language arts, math and graduation with the idea that the various populations or groups “close the gap” of an established performance threshold.
K-3 Literacy – GRADE: C (Last year’s result D)
Looks at how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency from year to year in grades K, 1, 2 and 3. The literacy component only looks at students who are “at-risk” and does not factor in students meeting or exceeding literacy expectations.
Progress – GRADE: A (Last year’s result A)
Looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances. An “A” indicates that the student population as a whole made more than one year’s growth. A grade of a C indicates students made 1 year’ growth.
Graduation Rate – GRADE: A (Last year’s result A)
Looks at the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years. The district had a 4-year graduation rate of 98% and a 5-year graduation rate of 100%.
Prepared for Success – GRADE: D (Last year’s result D)
Whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college, this component looks at how well prepared students are for future opportunities. Over half of the 2016 graduating class received dual enrollment credits through the College Credit Plus program.
Gifted – GRADE: NOT MET (Last year’s result MET)
The gifted component on the grade card includes scores for Gifted Value Added (Growth), Performance Index and Inputs. The district MET expectations on the value-added measure, but did not meet the thresholds for “MET” on the other two measures.
For the complete district and building-level report cards that includes details and explanations for each graded component, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.
How does Arcanum-Butler compare with other Miami Valley school districts? For a quick view and summary visit the WHIO link at http://www.whio.com/news/how-did-your-school-perform-the-2016-state-report-card/CeunkKWs8qs7g6EqkAk6CN/?icmp=cb_widget.
The State Report Card also includes other information about Arcanum-Butler Local Schools. Details about school staff, student enrollment and financial data is available. Arcanum-Butler ranked 28 out of 275 in a comparison group of schools ranking the percentage of funds used for classroom instruction. As we have done in the past, the Arcanum-Butler Local School district will review the data provided by the report card and analyze it to identify strengths and areas needed for improvement. While informative, the district recognizes that many of the report card indicators are based on tests given on a specific day during a specific time and may not provide the entire picture of a child’s learning experience nor does it define the district as a whole. The Arcanum-Butler Local School District is proud of our students and staff for their continued efforts and accomplishments. The Arcanum-Butler Local Schools staff will continue to seek growth and improvement in providing the best experience for students and preparing students for college and careers.