The Ohio Department of Education gave the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District a “Continuous Improvement” rating on its 2011-2012 report card, according to preliminary data released Wednesday.
The district received the same ranking last year and in the 2009-2010 school year. Out of 26 indicators — measures like how many students scored proficient on a certain state test or attendance rate — 8 were met, compared with 11 in 2009-2010 and 10 in 2010-2011. The performance index, which measures how well students performed on state tests overall, remained virtually unchanged, moving from 87.3 percent last year to 87.7 this year out of 120 total possible points.
The CH-UH School District released a media statement today about the rankings, and said that the scores are "largely consistent with previous years."
However, Superintendent Douglas Heuer indicated during his State of the Schools speech in January that an excellent rating would be within reach on this report card if the district improved its performance index and its value-added measure, which tracks the progress of students in fourth through eighth grades in reading and mathematics over a one-year period.
Preliminary individual school ratings were also released today. Some schools improved, while others remained unchanged or were ranked lower than last year. Here are the results compared with last year:
Boulevard Elementary School: Continuous Improvement, same as previous report card
Canterbury Elementary School: Excellent, moved up from Academic Watch
Cleveland Heights High School: Continuous Improvement, fell from Effective
Fairfax Elementary School: Continuous Improvement, same
Wiley Middle School: Continuous Improvement, fell from Effective
Gearity Professional Development School: Continuous Improvement, same
Monticello Middle School: Effective, moved up from Academic Watch
Noble Elementary School: Continuous Improvement, fell from Effective
Oxford Elementary School: Academic Watch, fell from Continuous Improvement
Roxboro Elementary School: Effective, fell from Excellent With Distinction
Roxboro Middle School: Effective, moved up from Continuous Improvement
Assistant Superintendent Jeffery Talbert explained in a media statement how the district performed at the elementary, middle and high school levels, the improvements and setbacks, and what the plan is for next year. The following information is from that press release:
Cleveland Heights High School
Heights High received a Continuous Improvement rating. Test results from the 2011-2012 school year indicated Cleveland Heights High School fell in two areas, social studies and science, but saw an increase in all overall student scores. This increase translated into an improvement in the Performance Index score by 2.3 points.
“We will continue to focus on increasing the rigor in all of our classes along with aligning our curriculum to the Common Core Standards,” Talbert said. “We are also creating more options for students who did not pass all five portions of the OGT (Ohio Graduation Test), and getting them the help they need to successfully overcome this hurdle.”
All three of the middle schools scored at least a “Continuous Improvement” level. Roxboro Middle School and Monticello Middle School both jumped up to “Effective.” Most notable, Monticello moved up two ratings, from “Academic Watch” to “Effective.”
“It’s encouraging to see our middle schools improve, but we know we still have work to do,” Talbert said. “This year, we’ll use a new structure to support struggling middle school students’ reading needs. We’ll also provide enrichment opportunities to students who meet and exceed expectations. We will continue to improve attendance by making our students feel their schools are safe and inviting places.”
Roxboro and Canterbury performed the highest of all the elementary buildings. Canterbury rose from an “Academic Watch” rating to “Excellent.” Roxboro fell short of perfect by one indicator and increased its performance index to 99.1, an all-time high.
Noble and Oxford show a need for added intervention. The District will work this year to provide professional development opportunities to staff, and additional resources to deal with students’ varying and complex needs.
The District will continue to focus on literacy at the elementary level during the 2012-2013 school year.
“We are encouraged by the results of our end-of-the-year diagnostics in the first and second grade,” Talbert said. “This year, our administrative and teacher teams will work even harder to expand our efforts to meet each student at his or her reading level, and we’ll do this by improving the quantity and quality of reading materials available to teachers and students.”
- CH-UH District students in grades four, 10 and 11 met the state reading indicators. The District saw improvement in scores in grades four, five, seven and 10.
- Students in grades 10 and 11 met the state math indicators. The District saw improvement in grades six, seven, eight and 10.
- The District saw improvement in grades five and 10.
“These results reinforce our belief that we need to align our process and practices to ensure consistency from level to level, building to building and classroom to classroom,” Talbert said. “Achieving and sustaining district wide success is Priority No. 1.”
There are no PDFs of report cards available yet, the format people are used to seeing, but results can be viewed here in an excel spreadsheet.
State district ratings can be viewed and compared with others in Ohio here.
The ODE has been releasing report card information in batches as the state is investigating whether some districts manipulated attendance data and is holding off on releasing final report cards until that investigation is complete. In September, the ODE released preliminary information, including graduation rates.