Reynoldsburg City Schools is disappointed with receiving anEffective on the 2009-2010 Ohio Department of Education report card.
“Reynoldsburg expects and deserves an excellent school district, said Tricia Moore, coordinator of Community Outreach for the district.
Reynoldsburg Schools ratedEffective based on four separate measures: state indicators, performance index, adequate yearly progress (AYP) and value-added composite.
“We missed two indicators and are trying to identify individual needs of students and which programs they would benefit most from, Moore said.
Reynoldsburg scored above the proficient level in all grade achievements and Ohio Graduation Tests except in 8th grade mathematics and 10th grade science. The percentage of students at or above the proficient level in 8th grade math was 73.8 percent, with the state requiring 75 percent. The percentage of students at and above the proficient level in 10th grade science was 74.1 percent, with the state requiring 75 percent as well.
The school districts attendance rate was 94.5 percent, just above the state average of 94.3 percent. The districts graduation rate for 2008-09 was 91.6 percent, well above the state average of 83 percent.
Schools noted for improvement by the state were Herbert Mills and Rose Hill elementary schools, as well as Reynoldsburg High School. These schools did not meet the federal AYP in previous years, but have since made improvement.
The district will continue its plan to improve these particular schools, as the district is mandated to maintain that improvement for two years to improve its score.
Of the schools in the district, seven were graded asExcellent (French Run, Herbert Mills, Rose Hill, Slate Ridge, Taylor Road, Waggoner Road Junior High and Waggoner Road Middle). Three schools were graded asEffective (Baldwin Road Junior High, Hannah J. Ashton Middle and Reynoldsburg High School); and one school was deemed to beExcellent with Distinction (Graham Road).
Moore said the district plans to reinstate school suspension in the junior high schools to reduce academic time lost for disciplinary issues. The district also plans to offer academic assistance classes in the high school that will replace the Ohio Graduation Test preparation and remedial assistance courses that were removed due to funding cuts.
“All in all, Reynoldsburg has done a good job of meeting the needs of individual kids, Moore said.If you look closely at the scores, there is little difference between the years. We are continuing our focus of getting stronger and getting better at helping every child meet their goals.