Dear London Families,
The Ohio Department of Education recently released its 2019 report cards for each district and school in the state. The annual report card is a collection of dozens of pages of district performance data and is based on federal and state law and the Ohio Department of Education’s interpretation of such. The report card is based mostly on the performance of students on a state assessment on one day last spring.
Overall, each district is rated on six different components: Achievement, Gap Closing, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers, Progress, Graduation Rate, and Prepared for Success. Despite a promising trend of improvement on the state report card the last three years, district performance was more inconsistent in 2019. As a school district, London improved on 2 components (Progress and K-3 Literacy), scored lower on graduation rate, and scored the same on the remaining three components. Similar to 2018, the state assigned the district an overall score of a D.
It is important to keep in mind the state report card is one data point of measuring a successful school district, and it is a data point that is often manipulated by the state. Several years ago, when many districts were receiving performance descriptors which were much more complimentary, the state changed the assessments students were given and the “cut scores” for proficiency knowing that in doing so, student “performance” would drop by 30-40% across the state.
Knowing that the state report card is a political vehicle, as a superintendent I am less concerned with our current overall scores as I am that we make consistent, sustained progress. The reality is many of our students entering our school district are not always prepared to perform academically. Our job is to ensure all students are making progress academically regardless of where they start. That is why I was satisfied with our prior three years of progress and am equally concerned with this year’s inconsistency.
Besides the state report card, as a district we also measure progress by monitoring enrollment, attendance, positive behavior in our schools, expanding the opportunities for our students and families, improving the efficiency of operations, and demonstrating good stewardship of public funds. To learn more about how we are making progress in each and every one of these areas as well as strategies being implemented to raise student achievement, please visit our Quality Profile page on our district website.
We are proud that our district enrollment continues to grow as more students and parents choose London City Schools as their school of choice. We appreciate the support our community provides and will continue to work tirelessly to make the London City School District a premiere district in this county and beyond.
If you have any questions about our district performance or the performance of your child, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the building principal, or our central office.
Dr. Lou Kramer