District Buildings Earn Excellent Results On State Report Card
Preliminary state Report Card results from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2011-2012 school year indicate that seven out of 10 Lakewood Schools have earned a rating of Excellent or Excellent with Distinction, the highest number of buildings ever to earn the top two ratings on the Report Card.
Two buildings – Lincoln Elementary and Harding Middle School - earned the top rating of Excellent With Distinction and five buildings were rated Excellent. The five Excellent schools are Lakewood High School, Garfield Middle School, Grant, Hayes and Roosevelt elementary schools. Emerson, Harrison and Horace Mann elementaries were all rated Effective. Lakewood City Academy, which is rated separately from the district, earned a Continuous Improvement designation.
“Although the data is still preliminary, the building ratings are evidence that the work we are doing in our teacher-based teams is making a difference,” said Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson.
Overall, the district met 23 of 26, or 88.5%, of the state indicators and its Performance Index Rating, which measures how well all students did on all the tests, improved to 99.1 from 97.9 (on a scale of 120). The district’s performance rating continues to rise each year.
Despite the good news regarding the buildings, the district overall earned a Continuous Improvement rating, down from Excellent, due to the failure to meet the federal AYP or Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks required by the No Child Left Behind Act for the third consecutive year. No Child Left Behind requires 100% of students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014 and sets increasingly higher benchmarks each year til 2014.
Especially heartening news from the state is that the district rated Above in its “Value-Added” component measure, for the fifth straight 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.”
The Ohio Department of Education will release final Report Card data once a statewide investigation by the State Auditor’s Office into improper attendance-keeping practices is concluded.
You can view the district and/or buildings' Report Cards at the ODE web site: http://ilrc.ode.state.oh.us/