The Ohio Department of Education today awarded Ottawa Hills Local Schools all A’s on the state School Report Card. The grades are for the 2018-2019 school year; the district now has earned all A’s for five consecutive years.
Not only did the district receive an overall “A” grade, but so did Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School and Ottawa Hills Elementary School.
“We are extremely proud of today's Report Card. It validates the team approach we take toward education, an approach that requires the participation of the community, parents, teachers, and students,” said Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske. “As important as the Report Card is, it is only one way we measure our success as a district. There are countless other ways we celebrate our success as well.”
"All A's is truly exceptional and it should be celebrated. Reaching a goal is hard; redefining a goal is fun,” said Corey Hupp, president of the five-member Ottawa Hills Board of Education. “With the help of our parents, teachers, support staff, and community, we will continue to do both."
To begin the process, districts and individual schools self-report information on specific marks of performance, called measures, within broad categories called components. They receive letter grades (A-F) for the following six components. The six components are:
- Graduation Rate: examines the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years.
- Achievement: examines whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall. A new indicator measures chronic absenteeism.
- Progress: examines closely the growth all students are making based on their past performances.
- Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers: examines how successful the school is at improving at-risk K-3 readers. (Ottawa Hills Local Schools did not get graded on this component. Any district or school that had fewer than 5 percent of its kindergarten students reading below grade level at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year did not receive a letter grade for this measure.)
- Gap Closing: examines how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for our most vulnerable students in English language arts, math, graduation, and English language proficiency.
- Prepared for Success: examines whether it is training in a technical field or preparing for work or college, how well a district/school is preparing students for all future opportunities.
According to the state Department of Education, the Report Cards “are designed to give parents, communities, educators and policymakers information about the performance of districts and schools – to celebrate success and identify areas for improvement.” The state acknowledges that the Report Cards are not the only way to assess a district.
“To get a fuller picture, we encourage you to visit schools, talk to educators, parents and students, and review the school’s or district’s webpage,” the Department of Education reports on its website.