Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 14th, 2019
The Ohio Department of Education released its annual Ohio School Report Cards Thursday, assigning overall letter grades to each district and to each public, community, dropout and recovery, and career technical school in the state.
Report Cards are designed to give parents, communities, educators and policymakers information about the performance of districts and schools – to celebrate success and identify areas for improvement. This information identifies schools to receive intensive supports, drives local conversations on continuous improvement, and provides transparent reporting on the performance of students in foundational skills and knowledge and other important outcomes such as graduation and college and career readiness. The goal is to ensure equitable outcomes and high expectations for all of Ohio’s students.
It’s the second year in which districts and schools received overall letter grades. They are calculated using results in six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, improving at-risk K-3 readers, graduation rate, and prepared for success.
Overall on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 The Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) received a D grade on its report card released by the Ohio Department of Education. This is the same grade it received last year.
The overall grade reflected the district’s performance in six categories: achievement on state tests, student improvement on testing, success in closing achievement gaps in vulnerable student populations, improving struggling readers’ results, graduation rate and college and career readiness.
Cincinnati Public performed best in closing achievement gaps for vulnerable students, earning a B. That’s an improvement from last year when it received an F.
Eighteen schools within CPS’ district improved in the category, the district claimed in a release, calling it the most notable achievement.
According to a statement released by Laura Mitchell Superintendent of CPS she said; “Results like this do not happen by accident. They are the result of a lot of planning, commitment from teachers and staff, and a laser-like focus on student achievement.”
Although I am not a fan of the Cincinnati Public Schools, Report Cards are only one component to the equation. To arrive at a comprehensive understanding, you are encouraged to visit schools, talk to educators, parents and students, review school’s or district’s webpage and you may achieve a better understanding overall school’s or districts goals and objectives.
Nevertheless, Mitchell continued to say, the district didn’t improve in all areas. Thusly, it received F’s in graduation rate, college and career readiness and test improvement.
However, according to the state data the four-year graduation rate in the district which is approximately 78%, is worse than statewide averages and of those in similar districts,
Clark Montessori, School for Creative and Performing Arts and Walnut Hills received A grades in the graduation category, but nine other city high schools received a D or F.
Also, Individual schools within districts received an overall grade rating. Two Cincinnati Public schools received an A: Evanston Academy Elementary and Walnut Hills High. Five schools received B’s. Nineteen schools received C’s, the same number that received D’s. Twelve schools received F’s.
Cincinnati is among 11 school districts that received a D in Hamilton, Warren, Butler and Clermont counties.
Subsequently, statewide highlights in the report but not necessarily in this order includes:
- Student proficiency increased for the third consecutive year in both English language arts and mathematics. Overall proficiency rates increased by 0.9% points in English language arts and by a 0.6% points in math.
- All student subgroups — including students with disabilities, students of color, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds — increased in proficiency in math and all but one improved in English language arts.
- Across the state, 56.3% of schools increased their Performance Index scores this year.
- The four-year graduation rate has reached a new high of 85.3% for the class of 2018.
- Approximately 9,125 more students in the class of 2018 earned dual enrollment credits compared with the class of 2017.
- An additional 2,711 students earned industry-recognized credentials this year.
- The number of students scoring remediation-free on the ACT or SAT increased by 2,045 compared with last year.
- Nearly 80% of districts received a C or higher, with more than 30 percent receiving a B or higher.
- Approximately 70% of school buildings received a C or higher.
- Also, the overall grades of 666 schools improved from last year, with 86 of these schools improving by at least two letter grades.
For information explaining these and other report card metrics, see the 2019 Guide to Ohio School Report Cards.