Reynoldsburg News

Excellent with distinction

District earns top ranking on state report card


Reynoldsburg City Schools achieved the highest rating they could get on the state report card -- "excellent with distinction"-- according to additional preliminary data released last week by the Ohio Department of Education.

The ODE released the additional data on Oct. 17 to add to preliminary report card results released earlier last month and this month. The results will not be official until the Ohio Auditor's Office concludes an investigation into allegations of data manipulation by some Ohio school districts, including Columbus City Schools.

Superintendent Steve Dackin said the Reynoldsburg district has gone through challenges over the last four years.

"We have cut $26 million in expenses over the last four years," he said. "Some of the challenges facing the school district are still there and yet we continue to stay excellent on the state report card.

"We achieved excellent with distinction as a district on the latest report card, as did Summit Road Elementary, Waggoner Road Middle School and Hannah Ashton Middle School -- the rest were rated either excellent or effective," he said.

According to the additional preliminary data from the state, the district met 26 of 26 state indicators, achieved a 95.4 percent attendance rate and a performance-index score of 101.3, which was an improvement over last year's score of 100.3.

The performance index is a weighted average that includes all tested subjects and grades, plus the number of untested students, with the greatest weight given to advanced scores.

The district's value-added score was "above," which indicates students achieved more than a year's growth in academic progress during a year.

Individual schools rated excellent were: HS2 Academy, eSTEM Academy, Baldwin Road and Waggoner Road junior high schools, and Herbert Mills, Slate Ridge, Rose Hill and Taylor Road elementary schools.

Summit Road Elementary School and Waggoner Road and Hannah Ashton middle schools were rated excellent with distinction and BELL Academy, Encore Academy and French Run Elementary School were rated effective.

The district did not meet all of the adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmark scores, however.

Dackin said AYP results are still being analyzed, but the data indicated students with disabilities did not score high enough to meet the AYP benchmark.

"We had some improvement from last year, but not enough," he said. "We will continue our intervention efforts for students with disabilities."

The AYP scores measure the success of student groups such as students with disabilities, various ethnic groups and students with limited English proficiency.

Slate Ridge Principal Sue Martin said she is proud that Slate Ridge was rated excellent.

"We had a 104.9 performance index and met all five indicators," she said.

Martin said improving the state report card results is a part of the school's improvement plan.

"Our goals are to have all students complete one year's growth in one year's time, to meet and exceed AYP scores in all categories and groups, to work to increase personalization in our school and to always work to meet all the state indicators," she said.

She said the school has partnered with the West Licking Fire Department firefighters, who come to classrooms to read to students, and also with the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community.