SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor
A different year brings a different look to the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio School Report Cards for the state’s public schools.
The 2021-2022 ODE report cards are different that previous ones in the fact they feature five rated components and a rating system of 1-5 stars, with one star representing the lowest performance and five the highest, instead of the previous A-F grading scale. However, districts and schools did not receive overall ratings this year.
“The more we understand the needs of students through the Ohio School Report Card results and other data, the better we can personalize education, focus instruction and tailor enrichment programs to accelerate and enhance learning,” Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Stephanie Siddens said in a statement. “Ohio’s education community, together with families, is working to improve achievement for students. Our charge is clear, and the work ahead remains more urgent than ever as we continue an emphasis on literacy and mathematics acceleration while providing supports and interventions to help students overcome obstacles to learning.”
Locally, Van Wert City Schools earned five stars in the graduation category, four stars for gap closing and three stars for achievement, progress and early literacy.
“Van Wert City Schools is overall pleased to see that we are meeting or exceeding state requirements as a district in all categories during a challenging pandemic,” Superintendent Mark Bagley said. “We will continue to look at the data on the report card and use that to drive our instructional approach. As always we are committed to doing what’s best for kids and focusing on what will work best for our community.”
Article courtesy of the VW Independent.