Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Supt. Amodio on State Report Card: We will not rest until we are EXCELLENT

Guest blog by Rob Amodio

Each year in August the Ohio Department of Education releases a School District Report card which rates public school districts in Ohio in one of the following categories; Excellent with Distinction, Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch or Academic Emergency. There are four components to Ohio’s accountability system. They are State Indicators, Performance index score, Value-added and AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). Our district and building ratings are calculated based on those four components. The entire district, as well as each school building in the district, receives one of the above ratings.
For the 2009-10 school year, four of the five schools in our district received the rating of Effective! This is the first time that four of our schools in the Norwood City School District have achieved the Effective designation. We are extremely proud of the work that our staff, students and families put in to the school year as the fruits of this labor are evident with this rating!!

Our district rating did not achieve this same designation. We received the Continuous Improvement Rating. The following may seem to be a complex explanation of how this can be, yet it is the regulations established by the No Child Left Behind federal legislation. Norwood City Schools, as a district, did not meet the minimum standards for Adequate Yearly Progress within various groups of students. Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is a federally-required measure. Every school and district must meet AYP goals for reading and mathematics proficiency along with test participation, attendance rate and graduation rate. There are 10 groups evaluated for AYP goals in reading and mathematics. We met all the participation goals for all groups and met attendance and graduation AYP goals. As a district, we meet AYP goals for all but two groups in the area of proficiency. We will continue to work hard with each and all students and student groups.

In terms of meeting state indicators, the district and schools earn credit for performance in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 and OGT, science in grades 5 and 8 and attendance and graduation rates. You earn credit when you achieve 75% or higher for all students combined.

Our Performance Index score is 92.7. Anything over 90.0 is considered Effective. This measure rewards levels of achievement of each student. As a district we earn points based on how well each student does. The higher the performance level, the higher the point value.

Value-added is another measure in the accountability system. Our overall composite rating for Value-added is above growth, which means that we achieved more than one year of expected growth for students over the past year. This is what we will continue to strive to do each year.

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our staff and students who have led all but one of our buildings to the Effective rating. Our goal is and always will be to achieve the rating of Excellent in all areas of the state report card. We are working diligently each day, as a district to achieve this goal. We have spent countless hours analyzing data drawn from our test results to create and implement our plans to improve instruction and achievement in all areas. Please trust that the Norwood City Schools, your school district, will not rest until we are EXCELLENT. Our students, parents and community members are counting on us. We will do everything in our power not to let them down.

Rob Amodio
Norwood City Schools