Whitehall City Schools did not fare well, at least on paper, following the Ohio Department of Education’s release of its new state report cards Aug. 22.
The documents have a whole new look and comprise both old and new measurements.
According to the new data, the Whitehall City School District received two A’s, three C’s, two D’s and two F’s.
The state is releasing letter grades in nine areas beginning this year but eventually will work up to a more comprehensive report card, with an overall letter grade assigned to each school and district.
If averaged together, today’s letter grades would give Whitehall an overall C, a one-step drop down from last year’s Effective rating – similar to a B. But that also assumes an even grade weight for each category.
Whitehall received it’s A’s in two Value Added categories. The measure rewards districts for helping students grow academically, even if they are not yet reaching state benchmarks. It was the main component in Whitehall’s effective rating last year.
Whitehall received a C for its Performance Index measure. Performance Index calculates the success of every student by awarding points for each level of achievement on the state tests.
Whitehall also received C’s in two other Value Added areas, measuring the performance of gifted students and disabled students.
The district received two D’s for its four-year (80.8 percent) and five-year (84.9 percent) graduation rates, which are below state standards.
Whitehall met only eight of the 24 testing benchmarks, earning it an F in that area. It also received an F in a new category called annual measurable objectives, which measure achievement levels of all students regardless of income, race and other demographics.
AMO is similar to the former annual-yearly-progress measurement.
The district’s new superintendent, Brian Hamler, already has set his sights high, saying earlier this month, “I told our staff the goal is to meet 12 indicators (this year) and anything less than that is an F on the local report card. It’s a failure on our part.”