The Ohio Department of Education released its report cards for Ohio school districts this week and rated Delaware City Schools a 20 out of 25.
The report card is scored on five metrics: achievement, which gauges student’s performance on state tests; progress, which measures how students grow based on their past performance; gap closing, which measures the reduction in educational gaps for student subgroups; graduation, which measures how many students complete high school; and early literacy, which measures reading proficiency and improvement for students from kindergarten to third grade.
The state report card gave Delaware City Schools three out of five stars in achievement; five stars in progress; five stars in gap closing; four stars in graduation; and three stars in early literacy for final total of 20 stars.
Delaware City Schools Superintendent Heidi Kegley said Friday the district is reviewing the report card and planning improvements within the district.
“Overall, we are pleased with our report card results,” Kegley said. “However, it is just one of many ways that the district collects data and assesses student achievement and growth. Our district leadership team will be thoroughly reviewing the district and each school’s data to further evaluate where we can improve.”
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Misty Swanger said the district is happy about its progress and gap closing scores.
“We were especially pleased with our gap closing data which shows all of our students made significant academic growth over the past year,” Swanger said. “We were also pleased with the overall growth of our students. Our staff implement many measures to evaluate our students’ growth throughout the school year to ensure they are achieving a year’s worth of growth.”
Kegley said the district’s new strategic plan will help it address the achievement and early literacy aspects of the report card.
“We know there is always room for improvement, and we are committed to making sure our students receive quality instruction and a great school experience,” Kegley said. “Our strategic plan has many structures in place to address improvements to our academic areas through our curriculum programs. We are committed to providing professional development opportunities for our staff to assist with newly implemented curriculum programs.”
Kegley added the staff at Hayes is “carefully evaluating each of our students to ensure they are on track for graduation and implementing appropriate supports when needed.”
“We expect to see progress in our graduation rate for next year,” Kegley said.
Editor’s note: The Gazette will publish separate articles on the results for every public school district in the county.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.