Saturday, January 27, 2001

Ohio to issue final report cards




By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Ohio Department of Education on Monday will release final results for its school district report cards.

        The reports rank schools based on 27 state standards in academic, attendance and graduation rates during the last year.

        This latest version shows no changes from preliminary reports released Dec. 18, said spokeswoman Lee Ann Rogers. It does include reviews of individual schools not available in December.

        The reports will be available on the department's Web site by 10 a.m. Monday. Paper report cards will be mailed to parents in late February.

        Six districts in the region were rated “effective” during the 1999-2000 school year, meaning they scored well on proficiency tests at grades 4, 6, 9, 10 and 12, and had exemplary attendance and graduation rates. They are Indian Hill, Madeira, Mariemont, Mason, Sycamore and Wyoming.

        Three districts — Cincinnati Public, New Miami Local and Mount Healthy City — merited the lowest of the four rankings, “academic emergency.”

        Such a rating triggers a range of intervention actions, possibly including the involvement of state education officials.

        The fact that no changes were made to these final report cards means Cincinnati Public Schools did not win a challenge of the state's analysis.

        In December, Superintendent Steven Adamowski said the district would contest its scores in two areas.

        The state said the district met five of the 27 indicators. The district's analysis found it meeting seven of the 27 rated performance indicators, including ratings of 12th-grade citizenship and 12th-grade reading tests.

        Another analysis of district records found that the state was correct in its findings, said Jan Leslie, district spokeswoman.

Ohio test scores just one factor in quality
- Ohio to issue final report cards
       



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