The Northridge Local School District maintained its "effective" rating on the Ohio Department of Education report card, released Tuesday.

The Northridge Local School District maintained its "effective" rating on the Ohio Department of Education report card, released Tuesday.

Superintendent John Shepard said the district is "very happy" with the 2007-08 report card data, especially since Northridge was one of only two Licking County districts to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

The other district with that distinction was Granville.

AYP requires several student subgroups to be at or above annual goals or to have improved over the previous year. Those subgroups include specific ethnic groups, students with limited English proficiency, economically disadvantaged students and students with special needs.

The six designations used by the state to rate districts are excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency.

Northridge met 26 of 30 indicators on the report card -- the same number as last year. To meet the indicators, at least 75 percent of the students tested needed to score proficient or higher on a given assessment.

The four areas the district didn't reach proficiency were fourth-grade math, fifth-grade math, and eighth-grade science and social studies. The eighth-graders missed the mark in science by just six-tenths of a percent.

"We will spend a lot of time and resources analyzing the data to target assistance to those students not performing proficient or above," Shepard said. "Our target areas include fourth- and fifth-grade math as well as eighth-grade social studies."

The district continued to lose ground on its Performance Index Score, which reflects the achievement of every student tested.

Northridge received a 95.7 PIS, down from 97.9 last year and 99.2 for 2005-06.

Shepard said this year's reorganization of the district should help teachers to provide more consistent and solid instruction in the content areas, as well as offer support through teaming and intervention.

"An example is the new intermediate schedule that has intervention time and teaming time as part of the daily routine," he said. "Parents can also help by reviewing the individual student report cards issued by the state. The data on their child's report card offer suggestions to help increase student achievement. Working together with teachers and schools, parents now have an active role in their child's success on these standardized tests."

In addition to district ratings, the ODE also rates individual buildings.

Northridge High School improved its rating from effective to excellent, meeting 12 of 12 indicators. Northridge Middle School maintained its effective rating.

The Northridge schools will continue to work to increase student achievement, Shepard said.

"Our challenges for 2008-09 are many," he said. "One is to focus on retaining our AYP status and working to improve our 'value-added' score."

A school's value-added rating represents the progress a school has made with its students since last school year. In contrast, achievement scores represent student's performance at a point in time.

Complete report cards from the ODE may be viewed in detail by visiting www.ode.state.oh.us.