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Home / Articles / News / Local NEWS /  Four of five local school districts up their grades from the state
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Sunday, October 21,2012

Four of five local school districts up their grades from the state

By David DeWitt

Students at area school districts received their end-of-the-year grades in June. Similarly, every school system in the state gets a report card of its own each fall from the Ohio Department of Education.

The five public school districts in Athens County have now received their marks, with four of them making notable improvement.

The top state ranking is "excellent with distinction (A-plus)," with the other rankings, in descending order, "excellent" (A), "effective" (B), "continuing improvement" (C), "academic watch" (D) and "academic emergency" (F).

Alexander Local School District maintained its "excellent" rating from last year, while the Athens City School District was bumped down to "effective." Nelsonville-York went back up to "excellent" this year after having gone down to "effective" last year.

Meanwhile, Federal Hocking Local School District, which had dropped from "continuous improvement" to "academic watch" two years ago, climbed back up to "effective" last year and maintained that again this year. Trimble Local School District went from "continuous improvement" two years ago to "effective" last year and back to "continuous improvement" this year.

The report cards use a performance index score (PIS) from 0 to 120, and grades are based on a number of factors such as attendance, graduation rates and state test scores.

ALEXANDER LOCAL SCHOOL District received an "excellent" designation with a PIS of 96.9, meeting 25 out of 26 state indicators, compared to 20 out of 26 last year. But the district did not meet the state's "adequate" level for the yearly progress assessment. The state looks for a certain level of improvement every year, under a federal requirement.

The state requirement is 75 percent on student test results in reading, mathematics, science, writing and social studies for 10th grade and 85 percent for 11th grade.

Alexander passed all five categories in the Ohio Graduation Tests taken at both the 10th and 11th grade level. Writing came in with the highest score at 90.3 percent for 10th grade, as well as the highest score in 11th grade at 93.8 percent.

The lowest score for 10th graders was math at 76.7 percent. In 11th grade, the lowest was the science score at 88.3 percent.

Across all grade levels and subjects, the highest score was 93.8 percent in 11th grade writing, and the lowest was 69.7 percent in fifth grade mathematics.

The district showed a 95.2 percent attendance rate. It has an economically disadvantaged population of 50 percent.

ATHENS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT fell to an "effective" designation this year with a PIS of 96.9 and meeting 19 out of 26 state indicators, after meeting 22 last year. Athens did not meet the state's "adequate" yearly progress assessment.

Athens students passed all five categories in the Ohio Graduation Tests for both 10th and 11th grade. Writing had the highest score in 10th grade at 96 percent, while 11th grade earned its highest score also in writing, with 90.3 percent showing proficiency.

The lowest score for 10th graders was in mathematics at 87.9 percent. In 11th grade, the lowest score was science at 85.9 percent. At all levels, the highest score was the 96 percent in 10th grade writing, while the lowest was 64.4 percent in fifth grade math.

The district showed a 95.3 percent attendance rate. It has an economically disadvantaged population of 38 percent.

NELSONVILLE-YORK CITY School District was moved back up to an "excellent" rating after dropping to "effective" last year. It earned a PIS of 98.8 and met 24 out of 26 state indicators. Nelsonville-York did meet the state's adequate yearly progress assessment.

Nelsonville-York students passed four of the five categories of the Ohio Graduation Test at the 10th grade level, failing in science, and all five at the 11th grade levels.

Reading and writing got the highest scores with 80.2 percent at the 10th grade level. Science came in with the lowest score, at 66.7 percent. In 11th grade, reading and writing again had the highest scores at 95.9 percent each. The lowest score for 11th grade was 86.6 percent in science. At all levels, the highest scores were the 95.9 percents in 11th grade reading and writing, while the lowest score was the 10th grade science at 66.7 percent proficiency.

The district showed a 94.1 percent attendance rate. It has an economically disadvantaged population of 61.1 percent.

FEDERAL HOCKING LOCAL School District continued with an "effective" designation after having gotten there last year, and had been on "academic watch" two years ago. The district earned a PIS of 91.4, up from 89.8 last year, and meeting 17 out of 26 state indicators. Federal Hocking did not meet the state's "adequate" yearly progress assessment.

Fed Hock did pass all five categories of the Ohio Graduation Test at both the 10th grade and 11th grade levels.

Writing came in with the highest score in 10th grade with 84.9 percent, while writing and reading came in highest in 11th grade, each with 93 percent.

The lowest 10th grade score was 79.5 percent in science, while the lowest in 11th grade was 87.3 percent in social studies.

At all levels, the highest score was 11th grade reading and writing at 93 percent and the lowest was fifth grade mathematics at 40.3 percent.

The district showed a 94.3 percent attendance rate. It has an economically disadvantaged population of 65.2 percent.

TRIMBLE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT dropped again to "continuous improvement" designation after rising to "effective" last year. This year, Trimble came in with a PIS of 89, and met 11 out of 26 state indicators, down from 12 out of 26 last year. Trimble failed to meet the state's "adequate" yearly progress assessment.

Trimble passed two of the five categories of the Ohio Graduation Test at the 10th grade level and three at the 11th grade level.

In 11th grade, the district passed reading, writing and math, while failing to meet the 85 percent threshold in science and social studies.

In 10th grade, the district passed the 75 percent threshold also in writing and math, but showed 69.6 percent proficiency in science, 71.4 percent in social studies and 69.6 percent proficiency in reading.

At all levels, the highest score was 11th grade math at 93.8 percent and the lowest was fifth grade math at 45.3 percent.

The district showed a 94.1 percent attendance rate. It has an economically disadvantaged population of 63.4 percent.

 

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