Heuer: Excellent Rating Within Reach for CH-UH in 2012

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Superintendent Douglas Heuer explained how the district could move from "Continuous Improvement" to "Excellent" in one year

Superintendent Douglas Heuer has made it no secret that he wants the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District to be rated “Excellent” on the .

But Wednesday night when he delivered the , he shared when he believed that could happen.

“We are on the brink of receiving not just an ‘Effective,’ but an ‘Excellent’ state report card for this year, 2012. Yes, this is very possible,” he told the audience of administrators, teachers, parents, school board members and others in the Social Room.

on the 2011 report cards, released by the Ohio Department of Education in August, varied greatly depending on the school. Elementary School earned the highest ranking, “Excellent With Distinction," while fell into the lowest, “Academic Watch,” joining . Cleveland Heights High School moved up a category to "Effective."

The state put the district overall in the “Continuous Improvement” category, but Heuer believes the district can jump into the "Excellent" range by advancing in two areas.

First, the district must improve its performance index, which measures student achievement based on how well each grade does on all test subjects in third through eighth grades, and on the 10th-grade standardized graduation tests.

“Each year we administer over 8,000 tests as part of the state evaluation system. If fewer than 5 percent of those tests improve from basic to the proficient level, the district’s test performance index will exceed 90,” explained Heuer, adding that it would move CH-UH Schools to the “Effective” category. This year, the district received 87.3 points, which was slightly higher than the previous year when CH-UH got 86.9 points.

And if enough students in fourth through eighth grades progress in reading and mathematics over a one-year period, what’s called the “value-added” measure, the district automatically moves up a designation because they also improved in that category last year.

“We are that close,” Heuer said.

The superintendent also spoke more about the district's plan to by 2016 to be associated with one of three "" — society, discovery and creativity. And he spoke about the need to , as the buildings are outdated and can't accommodate a 21st century education. 

Look for more from Heuer's speech soon, which will include parents' reactions. Below are individual school report cards and rankings for 2011: 

John Hubbard January 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Glad to hear that "Effective" appears to be within reasonable reach. It's too bad the focus on test results and aggregated student data is at the expense of effectively implementing programs that might have a lasting impact on student learning. Wonder when the district administration will take the same tests they force students to take and then publicly share the results. Only seems fair...
Adele Eisner January 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Totally agree with John Hubbard. It might be equally interesting to see what questions are actually on those tests, to get answers to the question, "Learning what?"; and then what relationship they have to lasting learning. Having been a teacher (and learner) for many years, I feel real sympathy for the good teachers who want their kids to really be curious, to earn and to excel in areas they're passionate about, but who are so constrained by teaching for the test.
Adele Eisner January 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Edit the above: "earn" should have been "learn"
Garry Kanter January 27, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Agreed! Enough with the tests! Did the Sup't say 8,000 tests per year? That boggles the mind.


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