Lakota Earns Positive Marks on State Report Card Any Testing Data Helps to Individualize Instruction, Maximize Student Success
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.
Achievement: Indicators Met
Achievement: Performance Index
Gap Closing: Annual Measurable Objectives
Progress: Value-Added (overall)
Four-year graduation rate
Five-year graduation rate
** 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.
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
“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
“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
“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
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
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.