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State report card

S-W schools earn top rankings

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Twenty-two of the South-Western City School District's 30 schools will earn one of the two highest rankings on the 2011-12 state report card, according to preliminary results released last week by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE.)

The schools were recognized for their achievement at the Oct. 22 South-Western Board of Education meeting.

Buckeye Woods Elementary, J.C. Sommer Elementary and Hayes Intermediate schools earned the rank of "excellent with distinction."

Thirteen schools earned the rank of "excellent."

Those schools were Alton Hall, Darbydale, Darby Woods, Harmon, Highland Park, Monterey, North Franklin, Richard and West Franklin elementary schools; Galloway Ridge and Holt Crossing intermediate schools; Jackson Middle School and Grove City High School.

Buildings must meet at least 94 percent of the indicators on the state report card or score at least 100 on the performance index to receive an excellent rating.

Six South-Western schools earned effective ratings.

Those schools are East Franklin and Finland elementary schools ; Park Street Intermediate; Brookpark and Norton middle schools and Central Crossing High School.

The state first evaluated individual buildings in the 2002-03 school year, and that year, South-Western only had one school that earned one of the top two designations, Superintendent Bill Wise said.

"So in the last decade, we've gone from one to 22 buildings"receiving the highest rankings, he said.

And if the ODE's proposal to start using letter grades to evaluate districts and schools was in place, South-Western would have had six schools earning grades of D or F in 2002-03 according to the proposed criteria and would have none this year, Wise said.

The district's teachers and administrators "have worked very diligently to get to know our students and students' needs and their strengths and weaknesses," in order to develop individual intervention plans for each students, he said.

Overall, South-Western will meet 20 of the 26 indicators on the report card, the highest number the district has ever reached, and will again earn an excellent rating.

The district will score "above" in value-added growth, indicating that students achieved more than one year of academic progress in a year.

That will mark the fifth consecutive year the district has earned an "above" rating in value-added growth, Wise said.

South-Western will also earn its highest-ever performance index score of 95.1.

The State Board of Education delayed the August released of local report cards because of the state auditor's investigation into allegations of data manipulation by some school districts.

South-Western is not one of the districts under investigation.

The information released last week by the ODE is preliminary and the official local report cards are not expected to be released until the auditor's investigation is completed.

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