By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester Schools’ administrators and staff are reviewing the results of the state’s latest district report card.
Letter grades are awarded to districts based on their accomplishments.
According to Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent James Sotlar, an overall grade will not be awarded until 2015.
Test indicators measuring proficiency in reading, math, social studies and science showed the district reached 22 out a possible 24 categories and scored 91.7 percent. Under the new system, Canal Winchester earned an “A” letter grade.
Fifth and eighth grade science indicators were not met by students.
“We have historically made those science indicators,” said Janine Taylor, curriculum director. “We have to meet and see what’s changed. It was a surprise for us.”
When it came to the district’s performance index rating, which measures the achievement of every student and awards points for improvement, Canal Winchester scored 100.3 points out of a possible 120 and earned a “B.”
With a nearly 100 percent five-year graduation rate, the district earned an “A”, but the four-year graduation rate resulted in a grade “B.”
“This is the first “B” we’ve ever had,” said Taylor. “We’re tracking our students better now and we have to be very cognizant that we follow their every move once they come to us in ninth grade.”
An overhaul of the state’s evaluation of annual yearly progress to annual measurable objectives (AMO) of specific student subgroups, such as racial and demographic groups, found Canal Winchester earning a “D.”
The AMO objectives review 10 student groups in reading, math and graduation rate and assign an overall grade. In 2014-15, the AMO will be adjusted based on more rigorous assessments.
“We have to be cognizant of growing all of our learners,” said Taylor, “and have some subgroups that need attention. Globally, we did fine on the report card, but in breaking it down, it shows where we need to focus more attention. In 2015, even more grades will be added to the report card.”
CW school safety and security
Prior to a vote by the school board approving a contract with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for a resource officer (SRO), Sotlar discussed school safety and security additions within the district.
“My number one priority is the safety of students and staff,” said Sotlar. “We have processes in place. We added a new security system at the high school and there are panic buttons in all buildings.
He said adding a school resource officer, strengthens the processes already in place.
“The SRO is a police officer and is there to keep the peace,” said Sotlar. “There is no fool-proof plan, but the school resource officer will play a vital part in the plan.”
Deputy Sheriff Jeff Reed will operate out of an office at the high school and serve all of the buildings throughout the district. The $53,800 contract covers the officer