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From the Superintendent's Desk

A report card to be proud of

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The Dublin City School District is expected to earn the state of Ohio's highest possible academic rating, Excellent with Distinction, when the Ohio Local Report Cards are finalized.

The district met ALL indicators of success on the 2011-12 Local Report Card. Dublin City Schools has earned the highest possible rating from the state for nine consecutive years.

Involved parents, hard working students, and the expertise of our staff are some of the main reasons we continue to achieve at high levels. Our district is one of only 13 in Ohio to have earned Excellent with Distinction every year that rating has been available.

The Ohio Department of Education measures districts and schools in four different ways: 26 state standards, Adequate Yearly Progress, value added and the Performance Index score.

Dublin City Schools met 26 of 26 state standards, met Adequate Yearly Progress as a district, exceeded value added academic growth expectations, and earned a Performance Index score of 107.0, the highest Performance Index score in district history.

Value-added measures a student's academic progress or growth from the student's baseline. We are able to move our students academically from point A to point B in a year's time.

The district's Performance Index score, which represents the achievement of all students in all five subject areas, reached a historic high this year.

Some specific highlights of the 2011-12 Local Report Card include:

* Every third and fourth grade achievement indicator was met.

* The average elementary Performance Index score has increased 2.1 points in the past two years.

* Each of the districts four middle schools increased their Performance Index scores, met AYP goals, and met ALL?indicators of success.

* By the end of their junior year, 98.3% of our students have passed all five content areas of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

* All three high schools earned Ohio's highest academic rating and are listed as three of the best in America by Newsweek.

* 11th grade percentages increased in all five content areas on the OGT.

* Olde Sawmill's Performance Index score has risen by more than seven points the past two years.

* Indian Run's Performance Index score rose 2.1 points this year.

* Eli Pinney's Performance Index score rose 2.5 points this year.

* Thomas' Performance Index score rose 2.4 points this year.

* Davis Middle School's Performance Index score rose 1.9 points this year.

As the report card data is finalized, we will be sharing more information on our web site regarding the academic performance of individual schools and the district as a whole.

We are proud our district has been able to sustain its excellence as state funding has been reduced, while enrollment continues to grow.

Dublin City School has been adding students each year since 1977, and this year was no different.

The average ACT composite score for Dublin City Schools students is 25.1, an all-time high. All three of our high schools were named three of America's best by Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report, ranked all three of our high schools in the top 25 in Ohio.

Our entire community can be proud of the success of our students and our district.

Dublin City School District Superintendent David Axner submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column to the ThisWeek Dublin Villager.

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