Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, September 01, 2006

NCS stays in Continuous Improvement: A comparison with similar school districts

In August, the Ohio Department of Education released the district local report cards for the 2005-06 school year. 20 Southwest Ohio school districts are now rated excellent.

In order for parents to evaluate the report card data, the Ohio Department of Education has compiled a list of 20 similar districts with comparable socio-economic circumstances.
We took 12 of Norwood’s most similar districts and compared them. None of the similar districts rated Excellent or below Continuous Improvement. Seven were rated Effective and five others rated the same as Norwood in Continuous Improvement. Of the similar districts in Hamilton County, all rated Effective except Norwood.

Norwood students continue to exceed the state requirement on attendance with a score of 94.4%. Unfortunately, the graduation rate continues to be a problem with Norwood scoring only a 75.6%, the second lowest in the list of 13 districts.