Pickerington Local School District students in grades three through 11 made strides in each area graded by the Ohio Department of Education's most recent state report card.

Pickerington Local School District students in grades three through 11 made strides in each area graded by the Ohio Department of Education's most recent state report card.

As reported by ThisWeekNews.com on Aug. 22 and in the Aug. 24 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington, the PLSD retained an "excellent with distinction" ranking on the state report card for academic performance in the 2010-11 school year, after slipping to "excellent" on the 2009-10 report card.

"Excellent with distinction" is the highest ranking given to school districts by the ODE, based on academic performance. This year's scores mark the third time in four years the PLSD has achieved the "excellent with distinction" ranking.

"We feel good about it," said Sandy Meigel, a a lead academic advisor with the PLSD Department of Teaching and Learning. "We're very pleased. We raised our numbers in a lot of indicators."

In addition to beating state averages in testing for reading, mathematics, writing, science and social studies during the most recent testing period, PLSD students also improved in each of the performance areas.

According to the ODE, the state report is designed to measure performance and progress among Ohio students on a yearly basis.

In order to meet state standards, 75 percent of students in grades three through 10 must pass each state proficiency test. Eighty-five percent of students in grades 11 must pass each test to meet the standards, as well.

On the 2009-10 report card, the district met 25 of 26 performance indicators, falling short in the area of eighth-grade math. There, 74 percent of students passed the math proficiency test; the state average was 69.2 percent.

On the 2010-11 report card, 83.2 percent of Pickerington eighth-graders passed the math proficiency test. The improvement helped the district meet all 26 performance indicators and compared favorably to the 74.3 percent of eighth-graders statewide who achieved math proficiency.

With respect to other testing, 87.4 percent of third-graders passed reading proficiency in 2010-11, which was a slight decrease from the 89.1 percent who passed the test in 2009-10. However, 87.6 percent of third-graders passed math proficiency in 2010-11, compared to 80.3 percent in 2009-10.

Some 90.7 percent of fourth-graders in 2010-11 passed the reading proficiency test, which was a slight improvement from the 90.4 percent passage rate in 2009-10. Fourth-grade proficiency in math improved from 82.2 percent in 2009-10 to 86.6 percent in 2010-11.

Pickerington fifth-graders' passage rates for reading, math and science tests in 2010-11 were 88.8 percent, 79.1 percent and 84.9 percent, respectively. In 2009-10, those scores were 81.7 percent, 81.2 percent and 84.9 percent.

After achieving 91.9-percent passage rates in sixth-grade reading and 85.4 percent in sixth-grade math in 2009-10, the district still saw improvement in 2010-11 by achieving 94.6 percent passage in reading and 88.7 percent passage in math.

Seventh-grade reading scores dipped slightly from 90.6 percent passing reading in 2009-10 to 89.2 percent in 2010-11 but still were good enough to beat state requirements. Seventh-grade math passage rates in 2010-11 improved to 79.4 percent, up from 75.7 percent in 2009-10.

In eighth grade in 2010-11, 94.3 percent of students passed reading achievement tests, 83.2 percent passed math and 78.1 percent passed science. The scores were better than eighth-graders' 2009-10 passage rates of 90.8 percent and 74 percent in reading and math, respectively, but were slightly down from the 78.2 percent passage rate in science.

On the 10th-grade graduation test in 2010-11, 93.6 percent of students passed reading, 91 percent passed math, 95.2 percent passed writing, 85.4 percent passed science and 89.7 percent passed social studies.

Those scores all bested the district's 10th-grade graduation test passage rates in 2009-10 of 90.3 percent in reading, 88.9 percent in math, 91 percent in writing, 81.2 percent in science and 88.4 percent in social studies.

In 2010-11, the district's 11th-grade graduation test passage rates in reading were 98.1 percent, and were 95.5 percent in math, 98.2 percent in writing, 94.1 percent in science and 95.8 percent in social studies.

In 2009-10, the district's 11th-grade graduation test passage rates in reading were 96.4 percent; they were 95.8 percent in math, 97.8 percent in writing, 92.4 percent in science and 95.2 percent in social studies.

Overall, the district's performance index score in 2010-11 was 102.8 out of a possible 120 points, which was an improvement over the 2009-10 score of 100.7.

nellis@thisweeknews.com

www.ThisWeekNews.com