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Groveport Madison

Report card gives district an excellent rating

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Final state report card scores from the Ohio Department of Education show the Groveport Madison Local School District earned a rating of excellent for the third consecutive year.

The ODE issued only some report card information last fall because of an investigation into data "scrubbing" by some districts -- including Columbus City Schools -- that allegedly manipulated or removed student data in an effort to improve their report card scores.

Groveport Madison was not one of the districts under investigation.

The final report card shows that Groveport Madison earned a Performance Index score of 91.1 out of a possible 120 and a Value-Added score of "above," meaning that overall, students achieved more than a year's progress in an academic year.

The only Value-Added area in which the district did not meet or exceed expected growth was eighth-grade math.

"The Value-Added Measure is telling me that our district is providing our students with quality instruction, and it's also a great indicator to measure the effectiveness of our interventions and accelerated programs," Superintendent Bruce Hoover said.

The report card also shows that the district met only 14 of 26 state indicators and did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress.

The state indicators reflect the percentage of students who score at or above proficiency levels in reading, math and science in selected grades; at least 75 percent of the students in the grade must score proficient or higher on each of the tests.

The report card shows that third-graders did not achieve proficiency levels in reading; fifth-graders did not meet state standards in math, reading or science; seventh-graders did not meet proficiency levels in math; and eighth-graders did not meet proficiency levels in math or science.

Students who take the Ohio Graduation Test as high school sophomores must score at least 75 percent in each subject tested.

Groveport students met the state standard on the OGT for reading and writing, but did not make the grade for math, science and social studies.

Students who take the OGT as high school juniors must score at least 85 percent in each subject tested. In Groveport, 11th-graders did not meet the proficiency level in science.

Other indicators on the state report card are attendance and graduation rates. Groveport Madison's attendance rate was 94 percent, one point higher than the state requirement of 93 percent. The graduation rate of 79.9 percent was below the state requirement of 90 percent.

Hoover said the Performance Index, which evaluates the achievements of every student enrolled for a full academic year, provides valuable information.

It is a "weighted average that includes all tested subjects and grades," according to the ODE and is supposed to be used to judge a school district's achievement over a period of time.

"While our students are receiving quality instruction in their core courses, we need to provide more opportunities in the areas of career and college readiness," Hoover said.

The district's 91.1 Performance Index score for 2011-12 is slightly less than the 91.7 it earned for 2010-11 but higher than the 88.1 score for 2009-2010.

Adequate Yearly Progress looks at the yearly progress made by students in various subgroups as well as all students. Groveport Madison did not meet AYP because students with disabilities and students with limited English skills did not meet proficiency standards in reading, and students with disabilities did not meet proficiency standards in math.

"As a district, we didn't have real-time evaluative data to help us provide better targeted instruction for deficient-student populations," Hoover said. "At the start of this school year, we've implemented MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), which has helped us move to a more inclusionary practice that has intensified working with students one to one to try to target individual growth and develop an individual action plan which allows us to monitor each student's progress in a more successful way."

This is the last time districts will receive report cards in their current format. Next year's scores will be letter grades ranging from A to F.

"The change in the format of the report card creates a communication dilemma in helping our community in understanding the six components that the state will use to measure our success," Hoover said. "Some districts do not have IB Programs (International Baccalaureate), dual enrollment, and AP coursework that many area high-capacity districts have to offer to their students."

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