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District Report Card

Ohio’s New Local Report Cards

Ohio is changing how it evaluates and communicates the academic performance of its schools and districts. Schools and districts will no longer receive labels like “Excellent” or “Continuous Improvement.” In its place, schools will receive letter grades on several measures in the same way a student receives grades for his or her classes.

The new report card will be phased in over several years, starting this year. Beginning in August 2015, schools and districts will receive grades on measures like the four-year graduation rate. The grades for measures will be combined into six broad categories, called components, which also will receive a grade. Finally, the component grades will be combined into an overall grade for the school or district. Six components will be on the new report card. *Please note that components 5 and 6 will not appear on the report card until the year 2015.

1.    Achievement (Performance Indicators & Performance Index): This component measures absolute academic achievement compared to national standards of success.

2.    Progress (Value-Added): This component measures the average annual improvement for each student (i.e., whether a student gained more or less a year of knowledge and skills each year).

3.    Gap Closing (Annual Measurable Objectives): This component measures how well a school or district is doing in narrowing gaps in reading, math and graduation rate among students according to socioeconomic, racial, ethnic or disability status.

4.    Graduation Rate: This component measures the percentage of students who entered the 9th grade and graduated in four and five years.

5.    K-3 Literacy: This component measures the improvement in reading for students in kindergarten through grade three.

6.    Prepared for Success: This component measures whether students who graduate are prepared for college or a career.

The transition to the new report card begins right away. In August 2013, the report card will have nine measures that receive grades. There will be no component or overall grades until August 2015.

Click here to access the Ohio Report Card Results for the 2012-2013 School Year. 

 

Explanation of Measurements

The Performance Indicators

The Performance Indicators show how many students have a minimum, or proficient, level of knowledge. They are based on a series of 24 state tests that measure the level of achievement for each student in a grade and subject.

The Performance Index Score

The Performance Index measures the achievement of every student, not just whether or not they reach “proficient.” Schools receive points for every student’s level of achievement. The higher the student’s level, the more points the school applies towards its index. This rewards schools and districts that improve the performance of highest and lowest performing students. The A-F grade on the report card is determined by the number of indicators “met” out of the total possible indicators. The letter grade for the Performance Index is calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the school or district divided by the total possible number of points (120).

Value Added

 The data from state tests over multiple years are examined through a series of calculations to produce a Value-Added designation for each school and district. Additionally, the tests also are examined to determine progress of three specific groups of students.
The five designations – determined in law – are the same ranges of growth that are used to compute teacher Value-Added performance. Also like the teacher Value-Added performance measure, up to three years of growth computations are used to assure the accuracy and precision of the measure. Schools are not penalized just because of one year of poor growth. 

·       All Students (overall rating of a school or district)

·       Gifted Students (math, reading or superior cognitive only)

·       Students with Disabilities (all students who have an IEP and take the OAA)

·       Students in the Lowest 20 Percent of Achievement Statewide (based on distribution of scores for the entire state)

Graduation Rate (Four-Year & Five-Year)

The Four-Year Graduation Rate includes as graduates only those students who earn a diploma within four years of entering the ninth grade for the first time. The Five-Year Graduation Rate includes those students who graduate within five years of entering ninth grade for the first time.

Annual Measurable Objectives

Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) measure the academic performance of specific groups of students, such as racial and demographic groups. Each of these groups is compared against the collective performance of all students in Ohio. This will allow us to determine if there are gaps in academic achievement between groups of students. Ohio has made strides over the years to reduce these gaps. However, much work still is needed to eliminate achievement gaps and bring all students up to the same high level of achievement.

K-3 Literacy Improvement

*MEASURE WILL BE USED IN THE 2015 SCHOOL YEAR; IT IS NOT A COMPONENT OF THIS YEAR'S REPORT CARD.
K-3 Literacy Improvement measures how well schools and districts are helping young students who are reading below grade level. The measure and component relate to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee which aims to ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The guarantee drives attention to students from kindergarten to third grade who are struggling readers and makes sure they get the help they need to succeed in reading. Through this initiative, school districts and community schools diagnose reading issues, create individualized reading improvement and monitoring plans, and provide intensive reading interventions.

Prepared for Success

*MEASURE WILL BE USED IN THE 2015 SCHOOL YEAR; IT IS NOT A COMPONENT OF THIS YEAR'S REPORT CARD.
When students graduate from Ohio high schools, they must be ready for success in college and careers without needing to take remedial classes. This goal is measured by the Prepared for Success component.
Prepared for Success is a unique component. It contains six measures that do not receive a grade; they are only reported on the report card. The component grade is based on the percentage of a school’s or district’s graduating class that demonstrates college and career readiness. Any student included in any of the six ungraded measures, such as a student who earns an honors diploma, is considered to have demonstrated college and career readiness.The prepared for success areas incude:

·       College Admission Test (participation rate and percent receiving non-remediation score)

·       Dual Enrollment Credits (percent earning at least three credits)

·       Industry Credentials (percent of students with a credential)

·       Honors Diplomas Awarded (percent of students with an Honors Diploma)

·       Advanced Placement (participation rate and percent scoring three or above)

·       International Baccalaureate Program (participation rate and percent scoring four or above)

 - Ohio Department of Education | Understanding Ohio's New Local Report Card System