Lakota Earns Positive Marks on State Report Card Any Testing Data Helps to Individualize Instruction, Maximize Student Success

Lakota Earns Positive Marks on State Report Card Any Testing Data Helps to Individualize Instruction, Maximize Student Success

With today’s release of the remaining 2014-2015 state report card results, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) provided Lakota Local Schools and other Ohio school districts with more valuable data. The results are just one piece to a larger picture of the district’s academic progress and individual student growth.

“We have some good news to share in this year’s report card, but the best news is that we have that much more data to help us identify where we are as a district,” said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia. “More importantly, it helps us see where every single student is in mastering the most foundational academic content areas of reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.”

“The state report card is only one snapshot in time of our progress as a district, but any and all data helps us gain a better understanding for how we can individualize instruction and help every single student achieve to their maximum potential. We are committed to that standard,” she continued.

The second wave of results included letter grades for the subsets of three remaining components: Achievement, Gap Closing and Progress. Next year marks the first year the state will award an overall letter grade for each of the six components. 

2014-2015
Achievement: Indicators Met
A
Achievement: Performance Index
B
Gap Closing: Annual Measurable Objectives
C
Progress: Value-Added (overall)
A
Four-year graduation rate
A
Five-year graduation rate
A
K-3 Literacy
No Rating*
Prepared for Success
N/A

 ** Grade received if less than five percent of kindergartners are reading below grade level.

Beginning with the first Achievement subset, as a district, Lakota met 100 percent of the state indicators. That means in every tested content area, and at every grade level, the number of students who passed the test was above the state requirement. On average, Lakota students actually performed 15 percent better than the state average. 

The Performance Index, which earned Lakota a “B” like last year, measures the achievement level of every student. In other words, the higher a student’s performance level, the more points applied to a district’s overall index, and vice versa. This year, students who opted out of state tests actually counted as a zero in the state’s calculation of this grade.

“If a parent wishes to opt their child out of state testing, then yes, it impacts our report card results. But more importantly, it’s a disservice to the child,” Mantia said. “State tests, paired with other local assessments, paint a much clearer picture for our teachers. When critical data is missing, it’s more difficult to identify where an individual student needs additional help if they’re struggling or enrichment if they need a greater challenge.”

Lakota’s improvement to a “C” for Gap Closing, or annual measurable objectives, shows progress, but also underscores the need to continue drilling down to the needs of all students on an individual basis.

“We’ve made great strides in this area, mainly because we remain committed to focusing on every single student’s individual needs,” Mantia said. “It is our job to provide every student with a quality education.

“The report card disaggregates our data in a way that shows us how we can better serve students who speak a different language, struggle with a disability or perhaps live in poverty, for example. It’s important that we respond to the unique needs of our students and data helps us better understand what those needs are,” she continued.

Gap closing measures the year-over-year improvement in performance of nine different student subgroups, as identified by the state. The calculation awards points to a district that can “close the gap,” or increase the percentage of proficient students, in any one subgroup.

Lakota’s grade of an “A” for value-added is an indicator of the district’s ability to achieve one year’s worth of growth for its students. The component considers only fourth- through eighth-graders’ average growth, over multiple years, in the areas of math and reading.

Positive legislative changes to state testing has resulted in just one test provider for all four content areas this year. Students will also spend far less time taking state tests, and just once per year, during a single testing window. The tests will still yield valuable data about students’ foundational learning, especially once year-over-year comparisons can be drawn.

“Trend data is important for assessing the overall success of the district and our schools,” Mantia said. “We believe consecutive years with the same set of state tests will provide a much better view of overall student achievement and growth, for the benefit of all students.”

Click here to read more about Lakota’s first round of report card results, detailing the Graduation Rates, K-3 Literacy and Ohio’s “Prepared for Success” components. Lakota’s complete district and school-based state report card results, as reported by the ODE, are available here