Superintendent Message

Over the past week the State School Report Cards have arrived, and our grades are not at a level that communities such as ours believe they should be. The State has changed both the tests and how they are grading them. It is difficult for communities to swallow that a C is where the state expects us to be. There are multiple ways of analyzing the report card numbers. We did receive several F’s on the report card, and you in the community deserve a reason why.  First, our numbers are comparable to and many are better than other local districts.  With that said, there are a variety of ways to analyze the report card.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer evaluated schools by ranking based on Performance Index.  We were 179 out of 608, which places us in the top 30 percent of Ohio schools.  The areas we most struggled with on the report card included the student growth calculations. The state of Ohio uses a scoring measurement called Value Added. This evaluates whether each specific student makes an appropriate amount of growth since the previous testing.  Below, I am placing a table with our accelerated and advanced percentages.  These are the top two of all five categories of the state testing (Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic, Limited). In the table, you will see we have a high percentage of students who are in these top two categories, and Tuesday night at the BOE meeting we recognized seven students who received perfect scores on one of the state tests. It is hard for these students to make the state required amount of growth because they are already in these high scoring groups.  

Woodmore Spring 2017 Report Card
Subject Grade         Accelerated         Advanced
ELA
        3                        28%          26%
        4                        26%          16%
        5                        30%          41%
        6                        27%          11%
        7                        26%          10%
        8                        20%          8%
ELA I                         26%          25%
ELA II                        33%          9%
MATH 3                        19%          51%
        4                        37%          41%
        5                        31%          19%

MATH 6                        13%         18%

        7                              30%                 12%
        8                         7%         5%
Alg.       8                         45%         30%

Alg.         9                         5%         --
Geometry                         26%         7%
SCIENCE

5                            33%               32%

8                                 32%              31%
Biology                          13%        40%
SOCIAL STUDIES

 4                            52%          21%

 6                                39%             24%
Ame Hist                                   16%         40%
Ame Govent                           39%         11%

To sum it up, we have a great district.  We are comparable to the districts around us. That being said, the goal is to continue to improve. We have already started to address ways to improve with many of the initiatives we have put into place in the last year.  We have hired a part time curriculum director; we are in the process of doing a curriculum audit; we have contracted special education services; we are initiating and accelerating a one to one chromebook initiative and the technology support services that go with this; we are working towards stability in leadership; and we added extra teaching time for English and Language Arts in the Middle School.   

Finally, the directive from this chair is to work on these report card issues but not lose sight of who we are…does any of this report card grade reflect Band, Choir, Ag, Athletics, Drama, Migrant Program, Shop, Mentor program, Life Skills, or any of our other activities? No! We are producing positive, well-rounded students from our Woodmore community who go on to do great things for our global community.  For a more detailed local analysis:http://www.woodmoreschools.com/announcements/reportcardreleased


“Our Kids”

Go Cats!


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