The results are in and posted across the state.
The Ohio Department of Education released local report cards and additional data elements Sept. 14. Ohio continues to raise expectations for how its schools perform, with the goal to have students better prepared to complete post-high school education and to meet the ever-increasing demands of today's employers.
As the superintendent of the New Albany-Plain Local School District, I am extremely proud of the outstanding efforts of our students, teachers, administrators, staff and families last school year. Because of their hard work, our district is ranked 38th out of 608 public school districts statewide, a significant improvement from our ranking of 64th last year. This ranking is based on our 102.738 state performance-index score for student achievement.
The local report card is one of a number of data sources district leaders use to strengthen our focus on continuous improvement. The results we received from the ODE illustrate that we have strengths and areas for improvement, much like school districts across Franklin County and the state of Ohio.
Districts and schools were graded on six components for the 2016-17 school year, in addition to other measures. The six components are achievement, progress (the growth all students make based on their past performance), gap closing (how well schools are doing in closing the achievement gap of students based on income, race, ethnicity or disability), graduation rate, K-3 literacy and prepared for success (a measurement of how well-prepared students are for college and technical training).
Our district's state report card grades included:
* Achievement: B. Fifteen of 24 test indicators met; 102.7 points of a possible 120 points for student performance-index levels on the tests, which was 4.9 points higher than last year and the largest improvement in Franklin County.
* Gifted indicator: Met.
* Gap closing: B. The district showed significant improvement for student subgroups; an overall letter grade of F last year is now a B.
* Graduation rate: A. This included both four and five-year ratings.
* K-3 literacy: This was not reported at the district level.
* Ohio Third-Grade Reading Guarantee: One hundred percent of students met the standards; no retentions were necessary.
* Value-added progress: A. This is a measure of student growth over one year. Improvement from a B last year to an A this year is significant in demonstrating student growth greater than one school year.
* Prepared for success: B.
Our commitment to excellence includes being ranked in the top 5 percent of all public school districts in the state by 2021, as measured by student achievement.
We celebrate that our performance this past school year places us in the top 6.25 percent but accept our responsibility to improve year after year as our community expects and our students deserve.
Our administrators and teachers are working to analyze the additional data associated with the local report card to help inform our decisions as a district with regard to curriculum, teacher support, instruction and more. Additional updates will be shared with the community at school board meetings and via our website, napls.us.
The school board and I sincerely wish to thank our students, teachers, administrators, staff and families for their partnership in the learning process. We will continue to achieve at higher levels to demonstrate we are meeting the academic and developmental needs of each student.
Michael Sawyers is superintendent of the New Albany-Plain Local School District.