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State report cards

Preliminary data release shows district continues to excel

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Partial results for the state report cards were released last week, but Dublin City Schools officials said they are waiting on a final grade.

The state report cards, due out in August, were delayed because of alleged data tampering at some Ohio school districts, including Columbus City Schools.

State auditor Dave Yost's office is investigating, but final results are expected to be held until the investigation is finished. Yost's office anticipated completion of the investigation early next year.

Dublin City School District Superintendent David Axner, however, said he is anticipating a good grade on the 2011-12 state report card.

"We're pleased with the preliminary data and where we are," Axner said.

"From what we see, the cumulative total (performance index) score will be up from last year and we did have slight increases in a number of areas and stabilized in other areas we have done additional work," he said

The results released last week include the percentage of students in the district that performed at or above the proficient level on state tests.

On state tests in grades 3-8 and on the Ohio Graduation Test, enough Dublin students performed at or above the level required by the state.

The district also met Adequate Yearly Performance, or AYP, and was rated "Above" on the value-added requirement that measures student academic movement within the school year.

Attendance rate, performance indicators and the overall rating were not yet released.

Axner, however, anticipates good things in those categories.

"We are on track, with the data I see in front of me, to meet 26 of 26 indicators," he said. "We're on track with the (performance index) score and we're on track to get (an) excellent with distinction (rating)."

The district has received the highest state rating, excellent with distinction, on the state report card for the past several years.

Although the state report card data has not been finalized, the district has been using preliminary data to guide plans for its 19 schools.

"We really used this as a snapshot or diagnostic to see how we do generally as a district or break it down building by building," Axner said.

Coffman and Scioto high schools and Indian Run Elementary School did not meet AYP and data will be looked at for ideas to improve that.

AYP looks at the performance of subgroups, such as economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient and multi-racial, on the state tests.

"Those are target areas and because the district size we are, even at building level we are comparing apples to apples," Axner said. "When you have buildings that receive more students and have more diversity you have additional subgroups."

Axner said district administration meets with each school principal to go over yearly goals and using report card data helps establish goals.

"We have a team of administration that meets with each principal for about one hour to review the goals of this school year and they all come from the data produced by assessments," he said.

"We've had the preliminary data and didn't want to wait until October or December to set goals."

According to the report card data released last week, Scottish Corners Elementary was rated "below" on the value-added assessment.

The school will also utilize data to help improve that in the future, Axner said.

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