State Report Card final; BW Excellent With Distinction
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
It was already common knowledge, but nothing was set in cement until the state investigation into school districts falsifying student information to enhance their state report card was complete; but during Monday evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting District Director of Academic Achievement Angie Pollock reported that all 2011-12 State of Ohio Report Cards are now official.
Pollock said it’s finally confirmed that Big Walnut is one of the 138 Ohio school districts out of the state’s 610 that have been rated Excellent With Distinction for the 2011-12 school year. Pollock also noted that the district has been rated Excellent for seven consecutive years.
The Big Walnut district met 26 of 26 State Indicators, had a 105.4 Performance Index, and met its AYP — Adequate Yearly Progress. Of note on the report card, as a school district Big Walnut had a 95.4 percent attendance rate, and a 92.9 percent four-year graduation rate as compared to the state average graduation rate of 79.7 percent.
Big Walnut Elementary School, General Rosecrans Elementary School and Hylen Souders Elementary were all rated Excellent With Distinction. Big Walnut Middle School received an Effective rating; Big Walnut High School was rated Excellent.
Pollock also noted that state report card changes are planned for next year, when the state will switch to an A to F measure.
“We’re preparing for the changes, and we will work towards adapting to that new measure,” Pollock said. “But while we’re doing that we want to make certain our students are growing.”
Pollock also noted the school district is pursuing a TRECA Research & Design Grant that would utilize one classroom in each of the district’s six buildings to explore delivering curriculum content in ways other than the usual lecture model.