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From the Superintendent's Desk

State card grade tribute to students, teachers, parents

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We all have busy schedules and busy lives and sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to take a moment to appreciate accomplishments.

While we will never rest on our laurels here in Dublin City Schools, it is important we congratulate students, staff and parents on their successes.

Data from the 2012-13 school year indicates the District met all 24 indicators of success, earned an "A" for its graduation rate and achieved all-time high scores in "performance index" (107.5) and "value added" (student academic growth) on the Ohio Local Report Card.

The state indicators are achievement assessments at various grade levels and subjects. The performance index score measures the achievement of all students.

The credit for these successes belongs in the hands of our expert teaching staff, our supportive and involved parents, and our students who value their studies.

The state has changed the State Local Report Card system and will no longer issue ratings such as "excellent with distinction," but will instead issue letter grades (A,B,C,D,F) for districts and buildings.

Composite letter grades will not be issued to schools or districts until the 2014-15 school year. The system features a number of additional components and complex calculations to arrive at a letter grade for various components, and a composite letter grade for schools and districts.

Components of the new report card include "indicators met," "performance index," "value added," "annual measurable objectives," and "four- and five-year graduation rates."

The new rating system also raises the bar for all districts in Ohio.

Across the board, all Ohio districts are going to be in the same boat when it comes to these higher standards. We welcome this opportunity and we accept the challenge of helping our students succeed at even higher levels.

There are components of the report card where the district has the opportunity to improve.

Nearly every district in Ohio will be receiving letter grades in certain areas of the report card which are lower than in the past because of the changes in calculations and standards.

We look forward to not only meeting these higher standards, but exceeding them.

It is the mission of the Dublin City School District to ensure all students achieve at high levels and all students are prepared for the worlds of higher education and employment.

The district's average ACT score is 25.2 and its average SAT is 1156. Participation rates on both tests continue to increase. Dublin City Schools is Ohio's 12th largest district and enrollment is expected to top 15,000 students this year.

Last year, the district received results from the Program for International Student Assessment. Two of the district's three high schools were among only 100 pilot test sites selected nationwide.

The results indicated our students outscored students in most other countries, placing in the top 10 in the world academically.

All three high schools are ranked among the best in the country, and in the state, by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

Students from our district attend some of the finest colleges and universities and go on to do great things in their lives.

The support of our community makes these life success stories possible.

Please take a moment to congratulate students, teachers, support staff, and parents on their successes when you see them around our community in the coming weeks.

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.

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