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To the Bedford City Schools Community:

 

 

On September 15, 2017, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2016-2017 report cards for schools and districts across the state.  As a community, we acknowledge that our grades are not where we would like to see them, and as a school district we vow to continue to provide rigorous instruction and support to our students in helping them reach the high levels of academic achievement that we know they are capable of attaining.

 

While we welcome high standards for our students, superintendents across the state continue to voice their concerns related to the state report card.  Our State Superintendent DeMaria cautioned the State Board of Education about making broad assumptions based on the report card results, especially given that Ohio's education system is still in the process of phasing in new standards that accompanied the changes to assessments within the past three years.

 

I agree with State Superintendent DeMaria that we should refrain from making broad assumptions based on the report card results. Here are some accomplishments that are not directly reflected in our overall report card grades.

  • Our K-3 Literacy grade increased by 13% from the previous year, moving us from an F to a C.  We proudly advanced 95.7% of our third grade students to fourth grade as they met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements. This means that the additional reading support students received at home and in school, coupled with the implementation of the new English Language Arts curriculum, has helped provide our youngest learners with a solid literacy base.    
  • The number of students that received a proficient score or higher in 3rd grade Math, 3rd grade English Language Arts, 4th grade Math, and 5th grade English Language Arts increased by 10% to 16%.
  • Our Graduation Rate improved from a D to a C. We exceeded the state average in both the 4-year and 5-year graduation rates! Students who miss one day per month or less of school, and spend at least one hour per night on homework are more likely to graduate from high school.  It is clear that students, families, and staff are making school attendance and education a priority.     
  • While the Gap Closing component grade remained an F, our Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) increased from 21.7% to 34.9%.  AMO compares the performance of our student groups to a state goal, which increases each year, making it difficult for us to attain the goal. 
  • The number of subject-accelerated gifted students in the district grew from 76 to 168.  The district has made a commitment to identify, grow, and challenge these students.
  • Although our Achievement grade remained a D, we outperformed seven of our neighboring school districts in the Performance Index measure.   

 

To assist in interpreting the complexities of the Ohio School Report Cards, the Ohio Department of Education has created a guide which is available at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.  The Bedford City School District has also released a Quality Profile to provide the community with a complete picture of the excellent educational services and opportunities available to our students.  The 2016-17 profile can be found on the district’s website.

 

In closing, I give you my word that the staff of the Bedford City School District will continue to work tirelessly with our students, families and the community to increase student achievement and prepare our students for success. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at acelico@bedford.k12.oh.us or by calling 440-439-4777.

 

Sincerely,

Andrea Celico, Ph.D.
Superintendent




9/25/2017


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