State Report Cards Show Successes, Room for Improvement for Miami Valley Districts – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

MIAMI VALLEY — Most schools have been bringing children back to class for about a month now — on Thursday, the Ohio Department of Education told districts how they fared last year.

Some districts were happy with the results while others feel the report cards don’t give the full picture.

Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Gene Lolli said while he hasn’t seen the report card results yet, it’s something he’s watching.

“Ohio State sometimes sets the bar higher and we try to meet them, we try to meet the criteria of those report cards,” Lolli said.

The DOE has categorized districts into five categories – Achievement which is based on state testing, Progress which compares student performance over time, Closing Gap which measures student education gap , graduation rate and early literacy which measures the improvement in reading and skills of students from kindergarten through third grade.

The DOE said Fairborn met benchmarks in four of five categories.

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At the Trotwood-Madison City schools, his report card showed that he had failed in all grades.

“I understand there is room for improvement, but as a parent I am happy here in the district,” said Leaora McDonald.

McDonald has two children at Trotwood-Madison Schools. She said she thinks the district is doing its best to help students, whether it’s SAT prep or tutoring.

“I feel like the resources are there. We just need our students and parents to reach out and take advantage of these opportunities to help raise those scores,” she said.

In an email, District Superintendent Reva Cosby told WHIO in part:

“We don’t believe the grades reflect the entirety of how we serve our students and their families. We are constantly working to improve our neighborhood. We have increased administrative, faculty, and student support in the areas of school safety, curriculum, course offerings, new enrichment programs, and pathways to graduation.

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Schools in the city of Springfield also failed to meet state standards in all five categories.

In a statement, Superintendent Robert Hill said the newsletter is not a complete representation of the work in his district.

He said it also didn’t show the effects of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, City of Miamisburg Schools Superintendent Laura Blessing said she believes the report card accurately reflects her district’s performance.

The district achieved the mark in all categories except early literacy. Blessing said she would like to learn from other districts that have passed in the literacy category.

“I think on what the state has measured, I feel like it shows what we’re doing, but there’s so much more we can highlight and showcase as part of our student success. here in Miamisburg,” Blessing said.

News Center 7 contacted ODE to ask if the bulletins impact district funding, the State Department said it did not.

Dora W. Clawson