Continuous Improvement: Breakdown of CHUH School Report Card Data

One school received 'Excellent With Distinction,' two are in the 'Academic Watch' category

We that the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District received a “Continuous Improvement” rating for the 2010-2011 school year from the Ohio Department of Education, the same as last year, and provided other information about how each CHUH school fared.

The ODE released more details from the annual school district report cards today.

The district improved its performance index score, which measures student achievement based on how well each grade does on all test subjects in third through eighth grades, and also the 10th-grade standardized graduation tests. It moved from 86.9 in 2009-2010 to 87.3 out of 120 possible points.

But the district met one less state standard compared to last year. Out of 26 standards, which measure graduation rates, attendance rates, Ohio Graduation Tests, and third- through eighth-grade achievement, it met 10.

The district’s graduation rate increased from 85.6 percent in 2008-2009 to 92.9 percent in 2009-2010. (This is the most recent information available on this year's report.)

Student attendance rates dropped slightly, from 95 percent in 2009-2010 to 94.9 in 2010-2011. 

Here's other information the reports provided:

  • Cleveland Heights High School moved up from the “Continuous Improvement” rating to “Effective.” It met 10 of 12 standards this year.
  • Three schools were ranked "Effective" this year, compared to one last school year. 
  • Canterbury Elementary School is now in the “Academic Watch” category. Its performance index score has decreased rapidly since 2008-2009, and it only met one state standard. This year, it had an index score of 77.9, compared to 2008-2009, when it received 90.6 points.
  • Monticello Middle School was again placed in the “Academic Watch” category, and it must continue to offer parents and students the option to use vouchers to attend different schools. However, it did increase its performance index score from 77.1 to 79.2, and was just .8 points away from moving up to the “Continuous Improvement” category.  
  • Roxboro Elementary School was rated "Excellent With Distinction," the highest ranking in the district and in the Ohio Department of Education system. It met all state standards and received a performance index score of 98.4
  • The school district met the “value-added measure,” which shows the progress districts and schools have made with students over the course of a year, even if the students haven't met proficiency standards. This shows whether districts are improving even if they didn't meet some of the 26 standards.
  • CHUH Schools did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federally required component of Ohio’s accountability system. The measurements illustrate achievement gaps between student subgroups, such as racial and ethnic groups, low-income students, students with disabilities, etc.  
  • Superintendent Douglas Heuer said during his that he wanted all students reading at grade level by the third grade. Currently, 30 percent of third-graders do not in the district. According to the report card, slightly fewer third-graders are proficient in reading as measured by state tests — 73.9 percent were proficient in 2009-2010, while 72.6 were proficient in 2010-2011.

Individual School Report Cards and ranking: 

Adele Eisner August 25, 2011 at 05:20 PM
What a shame that too simplistically, such full credence is put on these scores. If scores were measured by adding the equally, if not more important, factors of: how ready the kids were to learn upon entering the systems, thus, the difficulty of the original challenges to have kids score well on tests and how well those challenges were being met; and how well the systems are meeting such vitally important peer pressure factors as gang membership/behaviors/priorities, then we might have more valid measures of their quality/success.


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