BW District looks good in ODE’s preliminary data
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
By this time each new school year, school districts statewide have received report cards from the Ohio Department of Education based on the previous school year’s performance, but not this year. The fly in the ointment is an investigation into school districts around the state submitting bogus attendance numbers in an attempt to improve scores. Until those investigations are complete the ODE’s 2011-12 Report Cards will not be released.
During Monday evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, district Director of Academic Achievement Angie Pollock was able to share preliminary data released by the ODE. The data is complete, minus the federally required Adequately Yearly Progress measure and Value Added adjustment.
Big Walnut administrators, staff and community members do not know if the district will be rated Excellent for a seventh straight year, the ODE has been tight-lipped about when this year’s report cards will be released, but Pollock said as a whole, Big Walnut buildings and the district all have excellent preliminary data.
• Big Walnut Elementary School met 8 of 8 Indicators and had a Performance Index of 105.8, up from 104.6 last year.
• Big Walnut High School met 12 of 12 Indicators and had a 109.0 Performance Index, up from 103.6 last year.
• Big Walnut Middle School met all 8 of 8 Indicators and had a 102.8 Performance Index, up from 101.7 last year.
• General Rosecrans Elementary School met all 8 of 8 Indicators and had a 103.5 Performance Index, up from 97.9 last year.
• Hylen Souders Elementary School met all 8 of 8 Indicators and had a 107.8 Performance Index, up from 104.9 last year.
As a school district, Big Walnut Local met all 24 of 24 Indicators and had a Performance Index of 105.4, up from 102.3 last year (and 101.0 the year before that).
“We’re really proud of these scores,” Pollock said. “It will be interesting to see as a whole how the state did.”