District Earns “Excellent” Rating on State Report Card
LAKEWOOD, OH - Thanks in large part to Lakewood students consistently learning at an above average rate as measured by the Ohio Department of Education, the district has earned a state Report Card rating of “Excellent” for the 2010-2011 school year.
“A lot of hard work has taken place over the past few years and it’s paying off now,” said Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson. “The staff, the Board and the administration, working together with students and parents, has resulted in this wonderful news.”
Added Board of Education President Matthew John Markling: “I feel proud to be on a Board that allows the students, staff and administration to have the resources available to achieve the growth we have.”
The district met 23 of 26, or 88%, of the state indicators and its Performance Index Rating, which measures how well all students did on all the tests, improved from 97.6 (on a scale of 120) to 97.9. The district’s performance rating continues to rise each year.
In the 2009-2010 Report Card, many of the district’s schools earned an excellent rating and that trend continued with the latest report. All but one of our school buildings were rated either Excellent or Effective. Earning “Excellent” ratings are: Lakewood High School, Garfield Middle School and Grant and Lincoln elementary schools. The schools rated “Effective” are Emerson, Hayes, Horace Mann and Roosevelt elementaries, Harding Middle School and Lakewood City Academy, which continues to improve steadily each year. Harrison Elementary earned a “Continuous Improvement” rating.
Especially heartening news from the state is that the district exceeded its “Value-Added” component measure, something it has done every year since that feature was added to the rating system with the 2007-2008 school year. The Value-Added component measures how much progress a student has made versus the previous school year.
“This shows that our students are receiving more than one academic year’s worth of learning during a school year,” Patterson said. “It also indicates that the longer students stay with us in the system, the better they do.”
Receiving an “Excellent” rating will also boost the district’s coffers a bit as well. A provision in the recently passed state budget requires that any school district receiving and “Excellent” or “Excellent with Distinction” rating receives $17 per student as a bonus from the state. That amounts to about $100,000 for the district.
Although Lakewood City Schools has many hurdles to clear when it comes to educating a student population that speaks more than 40 languages and comes from all socioeconomic levels, the latest state data confirms that our district is offering a quality public school education full of enriching opportunities for each student who comes through its school doors.
The Ohio Department of Education officially releases results for all school districts on Aug. 24.