Bexley City Schools earned an A for meeting all 24 of the state testing benchmarks on the Ohio Department of Education’s new letter-grade report card, which was released Aug. 22.
The district overall didn’t really fare so well, though, at least on paper.
The news came as no surprise to district officials as Superintendent Mike Johnson made the prediction earlier this week that Bexley likely would fall slightly in its report card rating, even though performance levels are just as high as they were last year -- if not higher.
The state’s new report card has a new look this year, one that comprises both old and new measurements.
According to the ODE data, Bexley received four A’s, four B’s and one C.
The state is releasing letter grades in nine areas beginning this year but eventually will work up to a more comprehensive report card, with an overall letter grade assigned to each school and district by 2015.
If averaged together, the letter grades would give Bexley an overall grade of B, but that assumes all categories are graded with the same weight.
Despite earning its highest-ever Performance Index score of 106.2, the district likely dropped one rating because of the measurement. Performance Index calculates the success of every student by awarding points for each level of achievement on the state tests.
"The only reason for Bexley going from ‘excellent with distinction’ (an A+ grade) under the old report card system to a B+ grade with the new report card matrix is the eight-point increase in the Performance Index threshold -- from 100 to 108," Johnson stated in a press release earlier this week. "The threshold was 100 out of 120; now it is 108 out of 120, or 90 percent of 120."
Under the new system, a 106.2 is a B, or 88.5 percent of the overall 120 score.
Bexley received an A in its overall Value Added score. The measure rewards districts for helping students grow academically, even if they are not yet reaching state benchmarks.
Bexley did not fare as well in individual categories, earning a B in the Value Added category for gifted students, a B in the Value Added category for disabled students and a C in the Value Added category for the lowest-20-percent students.
The district received two A’s for its four-year (95.3 percent) and five-year (99 percent) graduation rates.
In a new area of measurement called annual measurable objectives, Bexley received a B grade. AMO measure achievement levels of all students regardless of income, race and other demographics. AMO is very similar to the former adequate-yearly-progress measurement.