Reynoldsburg schools Superintendent Steve Dackin says preliminary data released by the Ohio Department of Education show Reynoldsburg schools are on track to a rating of "excellent" for the 2010-11 school year.

Reynoldsburg schools Superintendent Steve Dackin says preliminary data released by the Ohio Department of Education show Reynoldsburg schools are on track to a rating of "excellent" for the 2010-11 school year.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to announce that for this past school year, it appears that we have hit all 26 indicators, and that would be a first for Reynoldsburg since the inception of the local report card," Dackin said last week.

In addition to the excellent rating, he said the district hit a performance index of more than 100 percent for the first time.

"That performance index is a measured percentage of kids who advanced in the different levels of the proficiency tests," Dackin said. "These two measures are indicators of achievement. Their orientation is about achievement and how kids have met certain benchmarks in their learning."

Dackin stressed that the information is preliminary because the ODE has not released value-added measures for all school districts in the state. That information is expected to be released in August when the official report cards come out.

"So we don't know the growth side of the equation yet," he said. "We know the achievement side, and for us, growth has been so important over the years and frankly, it's been something we've been very good at doing."

He said preliminary results show 10 of the district's 12 buildings earned an excellent rating overall. Baldwin Road Junior High and Waggoner Road Middle School earned "effective" ratings, according to the preliminary results.

But Dackin said those two schools can still reach an "excellent" rating, depending on the value-added data which is to be released in August.

Also, he said, the high school graduation rate of 97 percent is an improvement over the previous year's 91.6 percent.

In addition, the Ohio Graduation Test math results showed 70 percent of students enrolled in the district's eSTEM school this past year earned "advanced" scores, compared to the state average of 38 percent, Dackin said.

Assistant Superintendent Dan Hoffman said results also show the performance indicator (PI) index for the eSTEM school scored the highest in the state at 111 percent.

Dackin said these achievements would not be possible without great leadership from principals and great teaching and learning by the district's staff.

"I really do believe everybody contributes to this, whether you're a custodian or a paraprofessional, a cook or a bus driver, teacher, certainly everybody contributes to the learning of children," Dackin said.

Since becoming superintendent in 2008, Dackin has seen the district earn a rating of "excellent" three times. The district was ranked "effective" for the 2009-10 school year.

"In the 2009-2010 school year, we narrowly missed being excellent. That year, I thought we were probably the highest-performing school district in Ohio," Dackin said.

For this last school year, however, he believes that after the official report card is released in August, Reynoldsburg schools could earn "excellent with distinction" status.

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