State report cards
Delay in release could hinder district in analyzing data, revising instruction
The indefinite delay in the release of the state report cards could adversely affect Dublin City Schools when it comes to education, district officials said.
The State Board of Education last week agreed to postpone release of the 2011-12 report cards in the wake of data scrubbing charges leveled against Columbus City Schools and other districts.
Acting State Superintendent Michael Sawyers recommended delaying the release of report cards "... due to an ongoing investigation by State Auditor Dave Yost into alleged irregularities in reporting student attendance ... ," a news release from the Ohio Department of Education said.
"The report cards are intended to give an accurate picture of how well schools are doing and they shouldn't be released with a cloud hanging over their reliability," Sawyers said in the release.
"Auditor Yost is expected to release his findings later in the fall and until those findings are out and any problems corrected, it would be irresponsible to issue report cards."
The state board voted to delay the late August release and revisit the issue when they next meet Sept. 10-11.
The delay in report cards could affect the funding coming to some districts, but Dublin City School District Superintendent David Axner said he isn't worried about that aspect.
"In regards to funding, really the only thing we're hoping for is the 'excellent with distinction' rating $17 per child money," Axner said.
"That was obviously a nice bonus for getting the top rating," he said.
"Outside of that it will not affect Dublin City Schools. Our federal funding is guaranteed. It will not impact our cash flow at all."
The delay could hinder education, though. Teachers use the report card data to analyze areas where students need extra help.
"We use a lot of our data to set our goals for this school year," Axner said. "Although we have had preliminary data ... without having the final value-added data moving forward you really don't know how you did."
Continuing the delay in releasing report cards past September would hurt the district, especially when it comes to seeing which areas students need intervention in.
"Last year we were not happy with some of our middle school scores and we looked at that data early on," Axner said.
"The team got together and principals put some goals together.
"It looks like we moved in that area in a positive manner more than anywhere else in the district," Axner said.
According to preliminary results the district did well on the 2011-12 report card, Axner said. Last year's performance index score was the highest in Franklin County at 106.9 out of 120.
In preliminary data, the 2011-12 performance index score was 107, he said.
"That could fluctuate," Axner said. "That normally increases after value added is added in."
On the 2010-11 state report card, Dublin City Schools achieved an "excellent with distinction" rating or "A-plus" grade.
The district met all 26 state standards and adequate-yearly progress, as well as growth expectations measured by value added.