Two years ago, New Albany-Plain Local Schools began aligning and evolving our curriculum to match the new common core, national and international standards, and future assessments. Based upon our benchmarking and vision, we made a deliberate commitment to move beyond the minimum standards required by State of Ohio assessments. As a learning community, we know that must look beyond these state tests and expectations to other important measures that demonstrate our progress on our mission and vision.
Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Education released local report cards state-wide. Just as we continue to reinvent education for our students, the State of Ohio is implementing a new local report card system that will change annually until 2016. Our new district and school building report card results for 2012-13 may be found at http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/. The Ohio Department of Education has experienced some issues with the volume of visitors to the site and, at times, information may be unavailable. Click here to directly access our 2012-2013 local report card.
Ohio’s previous local report card system included ratings such as “Excellent” or “Continuous Improvement” to rate schools. These ratings are now discontinued. This year, our school district and schools will receive nine individual letter grades of A-F on specific metrics enacted by the General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Beginning in 2015, the overall ratings previously earned by our district and school buildings will transition to a letter grade.
The nine letter grade metrics on the new State Report Card are grouped into the following components. New Albany’s scores are included in parenthesis:
- Achievement: Performance Index (B) and Indicators (A)
- Progress: Value-Added Composite (A), Value-Added Gifted (B), Value-Added Students with Disabilities (D), and Value-Added for the Lowest 20% of Students in the State of Ohio (C)
- Annual Measurable Objectives: Gap Closing (C)
- Graduation: 4-Year (A) and 5-Year (A) Graduation Rates
Clearly, our Value-Added growth for all students is extraordinary. This rating means that students grew significantly more than a years’ growth in one year’s time across all subjects and grade levels. This level of growth is difficult to achieve and reflects our efforts to know every child and help them succeed. This, combined with continued high achievement, will help us continue to grow and improve how we close achievement gaps for specific subgroups of students. Using the findings from our studies last year on gifted and special education, we will provide ongoing professional development in best practices to ensure the educational growth of every child.
At New Albany-Plain Local Schools, we are committed to relentlessly improving our teaching and learning for every child. In fact, our mission and vision exceeds the State requirements currently illustrated on the local report card. We are already reporting metrics that the State will add to future report cards – including ACT or SAT participation and mean, dual enrollment credit, percentage of students earning an honors diploma, and advanced placement participation and credit earned. We have set our sights on the future and look beyond the Ohio tests in order to prepare our students for Common Core standards and new assessments (which start next year in grades 3-8).
If you have any specific questions about our report card data, please consider joining us at the Monday, August 26th Board meeting, or feel free to call your building principal or the district administrative office.
Dr. April Domine