More than 40 percent of Ohio school districts and two-thirds of the districts in Clark and Champaign counties got failing grades on a state report card standard that measures how much progress students are making in a year.
But the high failure rate may be due to a change in the way that score is calculated, precipitated by the introduction of the new PARCC exams in 2014-15.
The Ohio State Report Card was released today and gives a letter grade to every district for overall value-added, measuring whether fourth- through eighth-graders made one year’s progress in math and reading last school year.
Since the PARCC tests in math and reading were administered for the first time in spring of 2015 — and have already been abandoned for this school year — the measure is based on just one year’s testing instead of a three-year average.
“That essentially means that that gain data is a baseline,” said Springfield City School District Superintendent Bob Hill, rather than measuring growth over time.
The Ohio Department of Education said there are schools that have contested their value-added scores and adjustments could be made by next month.
Clark-Shawnee, Tecumseh and Urbana were the only local schools to get an A grade on the overall value-added measure. Triad got a C and the rest of the schools in Clark and Champaign counties got Fs.
Some performed better in sub-categories that measure how much progress gifted students, those with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students made.
“It’s not easy to move those groups forward,” said Tecumseh Superintendent Norm Glismann.
Whether or not schools are narrowing the achievement gap for those sub groups is reflected in the “Annual Measurable Objectives” score on the report card. Half the schools in Clark and Champaign counties got F grades on that measure and no local schools got As.