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O'Reilly gives board insights on report card


Superintendent Ed O'Reilly last week provided Grandview school board members with more details about the district's results on the recently released state report card and gave a preview of new components that will be added by the state.

The 2012-13 report card has a new format that evaluates districts and schools using letter grades.

Grandview likely has the most impressive report card in Franklin County, O'Reilly said, earning all A's and B's.

"The number of A's and B's we received is right up there with the best districts in the state," he said.

The district's performance index score of 108 out of 120 also is among the best in the state, O'Reilly said. The performance index score measures the test results of every student.

In the value-added components, which measure the progress made by students overall and in various subgroups, Grandview earned all A's, except for students in the lowest 20 percent of achievement among all Ohio students, he said.

As the district's performance index score grows, it will be more difficult to earn high value-added grades, O'Reilly said.

Grandview met all 24 state indicators and would have received another "excellent with distinction" rating if the old state report card system still were in place, he said.

The district's four-year graduation rate of 92.6 percent was one of its lowest rates ever, but the state has changed the formula to include students with disabilities who are allowed to stay for more than four years among the students who did not graduate in four years, O'Reilly said.

Out of the seven students who did not graduate last year after four years, one dropped out, five were special-needs students and one was a student who arrived from another district claiming to be in ninth grade, he said.

Her claim was backed up by her parents, but it was later revealed she should have been placed in 10th grade and should have graduated after three years, O'Reilly said.

Two new components will be included with the report card that is released in August 2014, O'Reilly said.

K-3 literacy will measure how well schools and districts help young students who are reading below grade level.

The state has not created the model for how this measure will work, O'Reilly said.

The other new component, dubbed "prepared for success," will measure how well a district's students are prepared for college and careers, he said.