Triad superintendent: Report card data not accurate due to no end of year assessments

The Triad High School class of 2020 marched around the parking lot of the high school as they participated in a social distanced commencement ceremony in May. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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The Triad High School class of 2020 marched around the parking lot of the high school as they participated in a social distanced commencement ceremony in May. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The superintendent for Triad Local School District is questioning the accuracy of data for the district in the state’s most recent school report cards release.

“Many components of the report card are not reported. The 2018-19 report card has six areas that included a lot of student data and information to help us gage areas that we are doing well in as well as areas that we still needed extra focus,” Triad Local School District Superintendent Vickie Hoffman said.

State school report cards were released last week, and districts did not receive a letter grade but instead only got numerical data.

“The current report card does not celebrate all of the work our teachers put in on a daily basis,” Hoffman said. “Many data-based conversations took place to improve areas that we identified as focus areas in the 2019-20 school year. We had hoped to see growth in letter grades in the unscored areas of achievement and K-3 literacy.”

The report cards only contain a handful of normal data points as the spring 2020 state tests in English, math, science and social studies were canceled after mid-March coronavirus-related school closures.

Triad had a four-year graduation rate of 89.2%, a slight decrease to last year’s 93.6%, and a five-year graduation rate of 92.4%, according to state report card data.

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The state report card’s four-year graduation rate data applies to students in the class of 2019 who entered ninth grade in the fall of 2015 and graduated by the summer of 2019. The five-year graduation rate data applies to students in the class of 2018 who entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2014 and graduated by the summer of 2019.

When it comes to the prepared for success component, which is how well-prepared students are for future opportunities, Triad scored a 28.6%. This includes ACT and SAT participation, dual enrollment credit and honors diploma.

According to state report card data, 42 students earned a remediation free score on all parts of the ACT or SAT, earned an honors diploma, and/or earned an industry-recognized credential.

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This includes that 88.9% of students took the ACT, 20.9% of students earned a remediation free score, 14.4% received an honors diploma, 3.3% received industry-recognized credential and 5.2% participated in earning three or more dual enrollment college credits.

According to state report card data, 49.4% of the 2017 graduating class entered college within two years and 30.% of the 2013 graduating class graduated from college within six years of leaving high school.

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