District Moves Up to "Effective" on Report Card
The Bedford City School District has achieved an EFFECTIVE rating in the preliminary results of the 2011-12 Ohio Department of Education’s Report Card, released on October 17.* Central and Glendale Primary Schools and Carylwood and Columbus Intermediate Schools were also rated EFFECTIVE, while Heskett Middle School and Bedford High School were both rated CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.
“We are pleased that all of the hard work of our staff and students has moved us up to the Effective ranking,” said Superintendent Sherman C. Micsak. “Our mission is to educate all students to their full potential, and we remain committed to helping all of our students achieve academically. We have done our best to individualize instruction and have made significant strides toward our goal of reaching each and every one of our students, so that every student can improve every year.”
The school district earned ABOVE expected growth in the Value-Added Measure of the report card, which is an important indicator of the progress a district has made with its students since last school year. A score of “Above” indicates greater than one year of progress has been achieved.
The district’s performance index was 89.5, which is 2.5 points higher than the previous year. The performance index is a weighted average of student performance which reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for the full academic year.
The district also made advances in the State Indicators Performance Measure of the report card over the last few years, which incorporates test scores from Grades 3 through 8 Achievement Assessments and Grades 10 and 11 Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as Attendance Rate and Graduation Rate. The district improved in 18 of the 26 State Indicators, meeting 13 of the 26 indicators (previously referred to as “standards”). This was a gain of two indicators from the 2010-11 school, when 11 standards were met, and a gain of four from the 2009-10 school year, when 9 standards were met. The district had its highest attendance rate ever and exceeded the attendance indicator with a 95.3% rate.
Bedford High School met six of 10 indicators, improving scores in nine out of the 10 and gaining a new indicator in 11th Grade Math. The 10th grade social studies indicator was missed by only a fraction of a percentage (.3%). There was also a significant increase in 5th grade test scores overall, with reading up 21.1%, science up 17.7% and math up 17.5%.
Bedford City School District’s theme for the 2012-2013 school year is: “Recognizing Challenges—Building on Success.” The report card data will help to serve as a roadmap that the district will use on its path to achieving its academic goals, pointing to which particular academic areas to focus on, at which grade levels, and with which particular student groups.
The district’s initiative of implementing data coaches has been instrumental to individualizing instruction for each student. The coaches analyze student test scores and other data so that teachers can be more targeted in their instruction for each individual student. “The work of our data coaches allows the teachers more time to hone in on teaching,” said Superintendent Micsak. “Once teachers have the individual student data laid out for them, they can align their instruction to enhance each student’s areas of strengths, while working to improve areas of concern. We are committed to making a difference, one student at a time.”
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