OHIO SCHOOL REPORT CARDS RELEASED -
LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS BEGIN DATA EVALUATION PROCESS
Today the Ohio Department of Education released the annual Ohio School Report Cards.
“We’re pleased with our performance in K-3 literacy, as are many schools across the state,” says Lorain City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Graham. “This is great news. At the same time, there are many areas we need to look at more deeply to understand how the data was calculated this year.
“For instance, when we look at Value Added, we know that the score is impacted by End of Course (EOC) exams data this year,” continued Graham. “The good news is that our students have multiple opportunities to pass the EOCs to meet their graduation requirements. The bad news is now our measurements are off balance because of it. If I’m a student who passes it on the first try, I’m only going to take the exam that one time, and my passing score counts one time. If I’m a student who underperforms on the test and it takes me multiple times to pass - each failing score counts against the district score. Now, we could raise our state report card scores by limiting the number of times a student takes the EOC exams, but that isn’t the right thing for kids. Instead, we need to do a better job of providing remediation between test attempts, which the high school has been proactive in putting into place for this year.
“Since this is the first year in which negative EOC retakes are included in our Value Added score, they are weighted much heavier; therefore we expect our Value Added scores to be much higher moving forward.”
Districts and schools were graded on six components for the 2016-2017 school year. The components are Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. Districts and schools received A-F grades on each of the six components and most of the individual measures.
The Lorain City Schools received a C in K-3 Literacy, a C in K-3 Literacy Improvement, a D in Performance Index Scores, and an F in remaining areas(please indicate the areas where we are failing as well and state that our overall score remains an F). More information about the components can be found here.
"It takes two data points to initiate a trendline and right now our trendline indicates that we are not meeting the needs of our students. However, there are bright spots and tons of opportunities for us to grow. The context surrounding these results will really help us to evaluate where we are,” shared CEO David Hardy Jr. “We’re a district with many challenges, but from what I’ve seen in my short time here, there is an opportunity to turn things around in a big way if we put our students first. All of our students can achieve. The work will be hard and at times we will disagree with the right path forward. At the end of the day, we will find a way for all of our students, regardless of their circumstances, to unlock their full potential. We have a lot work to do, and I am confident that this district will turn this around because we care so much about our children’s future. We need the city of Lorain on board to ensure they get there.”
Next up the district will engage staff and the community in the development of a draft improvement plan that is deeply grounded in student and teacher experience and data on school quality, instruction, and equity, by October 22, 2017. The draft plan will be available online October 22, 2017 and a community town hall meeting will commence to discuss the draft and provide feedback to the district.
The district will then continue tow partner with staff and community members to refine the improvement plan to be presented to the Commission by November 6, 2017.
COMMUNITY SURVEY INVITATION FROM DAVID HARDY, CEO OF LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS Together, we share the critical responsibility to give every Lorain City Schools student the educational opportunities they deserve. As we begin this pursuit, my first priority is listening to you. I believe each member of the Lorain community provides a unique perspective that should serve as the foundation for our forthcoming Academic Improvement Plan. You will have opportunities in the coming months to review this plan as it comes together, but this survey serves as an important first step to inform our strategy.
TITAN WELLNESS IN-SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES In the Lorain City Schools we're providing your family with more ways to keep your child healthy - without ever leaving school. Be sure to complete and return the consent forms coming home with your child soon - or - access the forms at this link to take advantage of these services this school year!
NOTE: The Lorain City Schools provide a FREE SHUTTLE to transport your child to and from in-school health appointments. Parents are welcome, but need not be present at time of appointment.
Mercy Health Clinics provide immunizations, cold/flu care, prescriptions, physicals, asthma and diabetes management and more!
Schedule appointment: (440) 370-5446
Lorain County Board of Mental Health clinicians provide mental health checks (anxiety, depression, etc.) and behavioral health screenings. Schedule appointment: (440) 830-4054
North Coast Eye Care provides vision exams, medial eye care and treatment, and offers a wide selection of glasses for students! Schedule appointment: (440) 830-4087
IT'S TIME TO TITANUP! ATTENDANCE - LEARN HOW TO HELP
In the Lorain City Schools, the start of each school year presents an important opportunity to improve an increasingly urgent issue: too many children missing too many days of school. This school year, new regulations are changing the ways we track and support attendance Click here to learn how...
THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS BEGINS As part of the community engagement work led by our new CEO David Hardy Jr., partner organization (TNTP) will be in attendance at focus groups all across the district to gather input and ideas from students, staff, families and community members in the Lorain City Schools. Click here to read Hardy's 90-Day Plan to learn more about the engagement process and the district's focus on what is possible in Lorain if we come together for a common purpose. Click here to view engagement opportunities coming soon!
FREE PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN Want your three- or four-year old child to get a head start on success in school? Enroll in the FREE Young Titans Preschool Program in the Lorain City Schools! Your child will be taught by certified teachers in pre-reading, social skills, imaginative play, physical education, math, music and art! Free meals and snacks, and transportation is provided. Call 440-830-4040 to enroll today!
FREE COMMUNITY WALKING EVENT Starting in September, General Johnnie Wilson Middle School will host a free community walking group on Wednesday evenings. This event is being held in partnership with the Lorain County Health District for the Live Healthy Lorain initiative. Learn more...