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Gallaway: District’s report card shows improvement


New Albany-Plain Local officials said the Ohio Department of Education’s state report card released Aug. 22 shows the district’s accomplishments as well as areas for future improvement.

“This helps us in planning for the growth of students,” said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway.

Unlike previous years, the ODE issued letter grades for dozens of individual criteria, creating what state officials said is a more accurate barometer of the effectiveness of a district’s education relative to individual students.

More “value-added” categories also have been added.

New Albany-Plain Local met all 24 state standards and its performance index score, which rates students’ individual progress, was 106.3. The previous year’s performance index was 107.2, the highest in the district’s history.

The graduation rate was listed as 98.1 percent and rated an A.

Gallaway said fourth- to eighth-grade scores in reading and math that measure the amount students learned in one year, called “value-added” measurements, showed much improvement.

Gallaway said the school board is expected review the report card at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.