Groveport Madison Local Schools met 14 of 30 indicators on the state report card and earned a rating of "continuous improvement."
Overall the district improved over last year when it met 11 indicators.
Four more schools in the Groveport Madison Local School District received an "effective" rating on their state report card due to the value-added measure.
The Junior High School, Middle School North, Middle School South and Sedalia Elementary received the "effective" school rating for the 2007-08 school year along with Madison Elementary which increased to 5 out of the 10 schools in the Groveport Madison School District receiving the designation.
The value-added analysis is a new rating that tells parents whether the fourth through eighth graders in their district or school made a year’s progress in reading and math in 2007-08, as compared with students statewide.
What the value-added rating means and how did Groveport Madison Local School District fare:
•Green – More than typical progress
•Yellow – Typical progress
•Red – Less than typical progress
The Groveport Madison received a green value-added rating for 2007-08.
"This value-added score levels the playing field when it comes to comparing districts across the county," said Groveport Madison Superintendent Scott McKenzie. "Residents of Groveport Madison can be proud of our students because their scores show that they are progressing at a rate that is more than what is designated as ‘typical progress.’"
"We are very proud of the continued progress of our students," said Groveport Madison Director of School Improvement Susan Briggs. "I am extremely proud of our eighth graders and the Junior High School administrators and teachers for the tremendous gains – they came from an "academic watch" building in the 2006-07 school year to an "effective" building in the 2007-08 school year. One strategy that paid off for the junior high teachers was an academic intervention period which targeted student academic needs based on assessments given to students."
Throughout the district, teachers and students are working to master academic expectations at each and every grade level, according to Briggs. Academic standards are open and public statements about what students should know and be able to do to achieve the highest levels in all academic areas.
Before standards, achievement reporting included compliance to procedures, completion of tasks, and academic expectation, said Briggs. In the age of standards, achievement reporting is based on mastery of academic expectations and clearly show achievement in the educational career of a student.
Added Briggs, "Throughout our district, teachers do more than help struggling students achieve, they help students realize their potential and help able and gifted students move into new realms with enrichment, and acceleration. We will continue to be proud of our students, teachers and administrative staff in the Groveport Madison School District. Thanks to all the Groveport Madison families who support our students and also a special thank you to the Groveport Madison School Board of Education who endeavors to provide all students maximum educational opportunities within the constraints of available facilities and financial resources."