Pickerington Times-Sun

Pickerington schools: New report card yields mixed results


After receiving the state’s highest marks in four of the past five years, the Pickerington Local School District saw mixed results under the Ohio Department of Education’s new grading system.

As district officials predicted during an Aug. 12 school board meeting, Pickerington schools have work to do to reach the new bar of education standards set by the state.

The ODE on Aug. 22 released its report card for student performance during the 2012-13 school year, and the PLSD earned three A’s, two B’s and four C’s under the state’s new letter-grade system.

The district received A’s for meeting 24 of 24 state standards and for graduating 95 percent of class-of-2012 students within four years.

It also earned an A in the valued-added category, which seeks to measure how much students improved during the 2012-13 school year.

The district received a B for achieving a performance index score of 86.1 percent, measuring the percentage of students who are learning “at or above proficient” state standards.

Another B was given for the district’s 92.7 percent, five-year graduation rates for class of 2011 students.

Pickerington earned C’s for value-added growth among its gifted students and disabled students.

It also earned C’s for growth among its students learning at the lowest 20 percent within the district and for its annual measurable objectives (AMOs), which grades districts on their ability to teach students in different subgroups.

"I don't think we were surprised by any of it," PLSD Assistant Superintendent Bob Blackburn said. "We do a pretty good job of collecting data ourselves.

"We were pleased with most of it. Obviously, we're not satisfied. We know we need to continue to improve."

Blackburn said the report card is helpful because it allows the district to see its strengths and weaknesses under the state's new standards.

Moving forward, he said, district officials know they need to close learning gaps for students in some subgroups and that mathematics will be a focus for improvement.

"We need to make sure we're doing a deep analysis of our strategies and make sure they're in line with Ohio's new curriculum," he said. "It's going to be an ongoing task for us this year."

Look for additional information regarding the PLSD's performance on the new state report card in the Aug. 29 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington Times-Sun.