Congratulations to our students, staff, parents and community for helping our district earn Ohio's highest rating on the local report card for six consecutive years.

Congratulations to our students, staff, parents and community for helping our district earn Ohio's highest rating on the local report card for six consecutive years.

Our entire community should be proud of the investment they've made in providing our children with the highest quality education possible. It takes an entire community to earn this top honor year after year.

The dedication and skill of our teaching staff is second to none in Ohio. With more than 75 percent of our teachers possessing at least a master's degree, 44 master teachers in the district and an average of 13.4 years experience, our staff combines first-rate credentials with the passion needed to insure all of our students have a chance to succeed.

Our parents are also vital to student success and I thank you for supporting learning at home.

The district earned the "excellent with distinction" rating on the 2008-09 report card. Dublin City Schools met 30 of 30 state standards, met adequate yearly progress in reading and math as a district, exceeded value added academic growth expectations and earned a performance index score of 105.

Value added measures a student's academic progress or growth over time. Showing progress is a very important indicator of our success. In 2008-09, our district had the highest value added progress rating among all 49 districts in the seven-county central Ohio region.

The district's performance index score last year was 105. In Franklin County, only Upper Arlington had a higher score, and that district is less than half the size of Dublin City Schools. The performance index is a weighted average based on the level at which students performed on spring achievement tests. For each tested subject in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, students score at one of five performance levels -- limited, basic, proficient, accelerated and advanced.

We are proud to achieve at these high levels while keeping administrative costs low. In Franklin County, our administrative expenditures ranked 14th out of 16 districts in 2008-09. Our most similar districts in Franklin County are Worthington, Hilliard, Westerville and Gahanna-Jefferson. We were the only district in this group to meet all 30 indicators.

In Dublin City Schools, we believe one of the best indicators of a school district's effectiveness is how well it prepares its graduates for the worlds of employment and higher education.

More than 90 percent of our students go on to college or a university. This past year, we had 139 valedictorians (GPA of 4.0 or higher), and recently we learned 321 of our students were named AP (Advanced Placement) scholars. AP scholars have the opportunity to earn college credit because of high scores on AP exams.

This year, we have put together a "college readiness" task force to assess how we can further prepare our students for higher education. The task force will be examining SAT and ACT participation and scores, as well as a number of our course offerings.

Our student longevity data indicates the longer our students are with us, the higher they achieve. Exactly how these levels of achievement translate to success in college is something we will be tracking by conducting surveys of our graduates over a number of years.

Our student population continues to grow in numbers and in diversity. We have more than 1,100 "English Language Learners" speaking more than 50 different languages.

Dublin City Schools is a high achieving, dynamically changing school district and the performance of our students continues to be near the top in the state. We thank you, our community, for your support of our district.

David Axner is superintendent of Dublin City Schools.

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