With another top rating on the state report card, scores from state tests show high marks for New Albany-Plain Local students.

With another top rating on the state report card, scores from state tests show high marks for New Albany-Plain Local students.

According to information from the Ohio Department of Education, New Albany-Plain Local Schools met adequate yearly progress (AYP), met all state indicators and earned the top rating of "excellent with distinction."

Although the district has received the state's top rating of excellent for the past seven years, Superintendent Steve Castle was pleased with results. The new "value-added" indicator that measures student progress over the academic year was added to this year's report card and pushed the district to the new top rating.

"It's a real success story for the district because it does show we have improved in those areas where students have not met the benchmark," Castle said. "(Proficiency tests) are more of a group (rating). Value-added is more individual."

On the state proficiency tests, the district met state standards in every area. In most areas, students exceeded state expectations by 10 or 20 percent.

In the third grade, 94 percent of students were proficient or above in both math and reading.

On the sixth-grade reading test, 95.7 percent of students scored at a proficient or better level; in math, 91.6 percent were proficient.

On the Ohio Graduation Test, 95.7 percent of 10th-graders scored proficient or higher in reading, 96.8 percent in math, 87.4 percent in math, 92.8 percent in social studies and 86.6 percent in science.

In a few areas, though, scores were lower.

In the fifth grade, 76.5 percent of students were proficient or better in social studies, and 80.6 percent were proficient in science.

In the eighth grade, 76 percent of students were proficient or above in social studies, and 76.4 percent were proficient in science.

State standards this year are 75 percent.

Castle said the tests that brought lower scores were added two years ago.

The seventh-grade writing test also was added two years ago, and 99 percent of students scored at the proficient level or above.

Castle said it takes awhile for teachers to get used to teaching for state tests.

"We have done some work in terms of scope and sequence of the curriculum," he said. "We're making sure Ohio content standards are covered and covered well."

Madeline Partlow, the district's director of teaching and learning, has been working on aligning district curriculum with state standards.

"It's very important work that Dr. Partlow does to make sure we have the curriculum lined correctly," Castle said. "It's an ongoing process."

Steve Castle