Elmwood to review scoring from state PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:16
JERRY CITY - Elmwood Schools' school board will learn more about the district's Local Report Card grades at a future meeting.
Superintendent Tony Borton said at Monday's board meeting that he'll give his report later this year, when all board members are present and he has time to totally review the results.
The Ohio Board of Education released its new report card in August, grading districts on nine components.
Elmwood received two A's in both graduation rate requirements, two B's in achievement, a C in gap closing, and an overall F in value-added progress despite getting a C in the three measurable groups in that area.
The progress component measures the average annual improvement for each student in math and reading, grades 4-8, and looks at how much each student learns in a year.
There are "parts that concern me," said Borton. "The overall F concerns me."
He said he is trying to understand the report, but the district numbers and the state's numbers don't match.
Elmwood district and building scores can be found at http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/.
Tom Bentley, high school principal, shared ninth-grade scores from last year's test, showing each area - writing, reading, math, citizenship and science - had an 80-percent passage rate or higher.
He said he hopes the scores are indicative of this year's 10-grade test, when passage rate requirements rise to 80 percent.
Dean Bell, middle school principal, reported that he was pleased with his students' value-added ratings (three A's and one B) but he is concerned with the F received on the gap-closing component, which judges whether every student is succeeding, regardless of income, race, culture or disability.
The district's concern, however, is for this year's third grade reading guarantee requirements. Every third-grader will have to pass a state-set reading exam to move forward to fourth grade. Those who do not pass will be held back.
Michelle Tuite, elementary principal, told the board each student has to score at least a 392 on the test, which will be given in October and again in April. Any child scoring lower than that, who doesn't pass during either of those testing periods, will be put in a summer intervention program, and will take the test again at the end of summer.
But even if a student passes the summer test, results won't be back until December, one-quarter into the new school year when the child should be in fourth grade but has been held back in third grade, Tuite explained.
"There are going to be parents that don't want their child retained at all," Tuite told the board.
And parents will have no rights, or recourse, to argue that decision, she added.
She said if the test had been given last year, four children would have been affected.
Shuffling students in December between grades will also cause some logistical headaches, with not knowing true classroom size and teacher needs until December, Borton said.
Also at the meeting, the board accepted $4,500 from the athletic department for a new wrestling mat and both cross country and volleyball uniforms. The board also accepted a donation of $800 from Gary Rhodes for time and materials for painting the athletic complex doors and practice field goal posts; and $3,728.52 from P.A.W.S. toward improvements to the entrance to the football stadium.

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