Marysville Exempted Village School District officials believe preliminary results for its state report card are positive based on a recently released spreadsheet from the Ohio Department of Education containing data typically used to calculate district and building ratings.
The Ohio Board of Education was scheduled to release the annual state report cards for school districts on Aug. 29 but decided to delay their release due to an ongoing investigation being conducted by State Auditor Dave Yost into how schools reported data. Yost's office began looking into alleged irregularities in the reporting of student attendance in various districts.
Although not complete yet, MEVSD Superintendent Diane Mankins believes the preliminary results hold positive news for the district.
"The results received from ODE exemplify the hard work and commitment," said Mankins.
The state report card traditionally focuses on measurements in four main areas. The Performance Index (PI) score, which is the average of all student tests scores, is one. The others include student achievement on state indicators, value added or how much progress students make in reading and math during one year in grades four through eight, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which measures growth of achievement for varying subgroups of students.
The Ohio Department of Education has only released preliminary totals for achievement, AYP, and value added.
The spreadsheet includes total achievement results for each of the indicators assessed.
In order to earn an 'Excellent' designation on the state report card, a district must successfully meet all 26 indicators in areas such as proficiency in math, reading, science and social studies.
Marysville successfully met all 26 indicators. The district also was identified as being 'above' in the overall value added measure results.
"This is the highest designation that can be earned with respect to a district rating for value added," said Mankins. "This is a huge accomplishment."
In order to meet the 'Excellent with Distinction' designation, a district must earn a 'met' designation in the value added measurement.
"Marysville earned an 'above' designation on valued added. While it is not official, our preliminary results would lead the district to believe that we will again earn an 'Excellent with Distinction' designation," said Mankins.
However, the district did not meet AYP.
Mankins said the district will fully evaluate strengths and weaknesses once all of the results are released by the ODE.
"This data will be used in the development of the district strategic plan, including a root cause analysis and action steps," said Mankins.
"We are very proud of our results and anxiously await the complete set of data so we can thoroughly identify strengths and areas for improvement in our school district," said Mankins.
The district is asking voters to approve a 4-mill levy this fall.
Mankins said despite economic challenges, the district remains committed to excellence.
"Our school district is truly a spotlight in the community, a pillar of pride and excellence," said Mankins.