Upper Arlington News

Preliminary state report cards

District earns highest rating for 12th year


The Upper Arlington City School District has achieved an "excellent with distinction" rating on the state report card, marking 12 straight years of earning the state's highest rating, according to additional preliminary information released last week by the Ohio Department of Education.

The data included overall school district and individual building ratings.

Superintendent Jeff Weaver said the district achieved a performance index score of 107.4.

"We were very pleased to be 'excellent with distinction' for a 12th year," he said. "If we look at the performance index, we were the highest of the Franklin County districts."

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.

State leaders said the additional preliminary data should not be interpreted as official state report card results.

Michael Sawyers, Ohio's acting superintendent of public instruction, said the ODE will not publish the official local report cards, which originally were expected to be released Aug. 29, until the Ohio Auditor's Office investigation into possible attendance data manipulation is completed.

The Upper Arlington district met 26 of 26 state indicators on the report card and scored "above" on the value-added measure, indicating students achieved more than one year of academic progress during a year.

The district also met adequate yearly progress benchmarks, which measure the progress of specific student groups, such as students with disabilities and various ethnic groups.

All of the district's buildings also achieved either "excellent" or "excellent with distinction" ratings.

Barrington, Greensview, Tremont and Windermere elementary schools and Hastings Middle School all earned "excellent with distinction" ratings. Upper Arlington High School, Jones Middle School and Wickliffe Progressive Community School achieved "excellent" ratings.

"We are proud of our students' achievements and the efforts our teachers have made in their classrooms to get these results," Weaver said.

He said future changes in the state report card likely will affect next year's results.

"The state will be giving out letter grades next year and we will have new hoops to jump through," he said. "Whether we can achieve excellent with distinction for a 13th year remains to be seen, but we will do all that we can to get that A grade."

Earlier this year, the ODE announced it would adopt a more-rigorous assessment process by the 2014-15 school year and might change the rating process to letter grades as early as next school year.

The current rating system of "excellent with distinction," "excellent," "effective," "continuous improvement," "academic watch" and "academic emergency" may be replaced by letter grades from A-plus to F.

AYP would be replaced with a new measure, called "gap closing," which gives a grade based on how well a school is doing in narrowing gaps in achievement among student groups.