District Performance Index Increases to Highest Level Ever
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released the 2016-17 Local Report Card (LRC). This state required report shows that district students continue to make progress in many areas.
“While we do not believe that standardized test scores tell the complete story of a student’s education, we are pleased that students are demonstrating academic growth,” said Athens City Schools Superintendent Tom Gibbs. “Our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff members continue to work with students and families to ensure that each learner is reaching his or her potential on a daily basis.”
The 2016-17 ODE LRC is broken down into six components of Achievement, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy, Progress, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success. Each component is given an overall grade based upon 24 standardized tests that students took in grades 3-12 during the 2016-17 school year. Athens City Schools' student scores increased over the previous year’s scores on 16 of the testing areas and the school district outperformed the state average score on 20 of the 24 tests. In addition, the district’s Performance Index score, a measurement of how well students perform overall on state assessments, increased by 3.3 points from an 86.6 to an 89.9. This indicates that more students are reaching higher levels of achievement than ever before.
“We have worked hard to focus on what our students’ needs are and develop tools for our staff to better meet those needs,” noted Gibbs. “It is gratifying to see these efforts are paying off. We still have more work to do and we are eager to continue our progress, but more students are achieving at higher levels and that is something to be proud of.”
Contact: Tom Gibbs, Superintendent of Athens City Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-797-4544.