Tri-Village News

District on track to exceed state standards easily


Preliminary results from the 2012-13 Ohio achievement and graduation tests indicate the Grandview Heights City School District is again on target to meet all 26 standards on the state report card.

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly reviewed the preliminary data at the June 18 school board meeting.

Grandview easily met the state standard of having at least 75 percent of its students pass each test, even in those subjects in which the district's score dropped from last school year, he said.

The district's passage rates for achievement tests in third-grade reading, fourth-grade math, and fifth-grade reading and math all increased by at least 3 percent.

The percentage of sophomores passing the reading and math sections of the Ohio Graduation Test also increased by more than 3 points, O'Reilly said.

The only two tests on which Grandview's passage rates dropped by more than 3 percent from last school year were seventh-grade math, which decreased from 89.4 to 82.9 percent; and eighth-grade math, which fell from 93.6 percent to 89.7 percent.

"A lot of people (might look at that) and ask what is going on there," O'Reilly said. "These are two areas where we're more deeply into the Common Core than other subjects. These achievement tests do not align with the Common Core at all."

In all other areas of the achievement and graduation tests, Grandview's passage rates were about the same as last year, he said.

In every area except the seventh- and eighth-grade math tests, the district's passage rates were at least 91.6 percent and in several tests as high as 97 percent.

O'Reilly noted the report-card data "is very preliminary" and "a few things may change here or there.

"We will meet all 26 standards," he said.

The district will spend a good deal of time in July reviewing the test data to check for students who may not have been enrolled in Grandview for a long-enough time when they took the tests to qualify for inclusion in the district's report-card data.

Information regarding other report card standards is pending.