Perrysburg Schools earn new ‘excellent with distinction' rating on its statewide report card

After eight years of ranking as an "Excellent" school district, Perrysburg has received an "Excellent with Distinction" on its statewide report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

The "Excellent with Distinction" designation is new to the report card system, and earned when a school district has been designated Excellent and exceeds value-added goals for two consecutive years reflecting how much progress was made since the prior year.

"We are very proud of our students and staff for achieving this new goal," Superintendent Thomas Hosler said. "This is just one more way our students have shown what they can achieve through an academically advanced educational program. While we are pleased with the results, they only represent a glimpse of the entire educational picture here."

The ratings used by the state are Excellent with Distinction, Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch and Academic Emergency.

Ohio's report card system shows the achievement of districts and schools during the 2007-08 school year in four ways: 30 performance indicators, performance index, Adequate Yearly Progress and Value- Added Measure.

Perrysburg met all 30 of the performance indicators. With an average daily enrollment of 4,281 students, Perrysburg had a 96.6 percent attendance rate last year and a 98.3 graduation rate.

Value-Added Measure

While test scores demonstrate a student's level of proficiency at one point in time, the value-added measure reflects how much each district and school has contributed to the progress of students' performance over time.

The 2007-08 school year is the first year that the value-added measure is part of Ohio's report card system.

Value-added results recognize that districts and schools may be making significant improvement-even though they may not have met the proficiency standard. The results can help teachers pinpoint problems and determine successes.

Value-added results are calculated for fourth- through eighth-grades in reading and mathematics, and a composite result also is available for most school buildings and each district. The results show whether a district or school meets, exceeds, or is below its expected growth standard.

Districts and schools have the chance to improve their overall rating by achieving above expected growth for two consecutive years.

This year, 160 districts including Perrysburg increased their rating because of the value-added measure.

Beginning next year, districts and schools that show less than expected growth for three consecutive years will experience a reduction in their rating.

Building Scores

In addition, each building in a school district is given a rating by the Ohio Department of Education.

Of the six Perrysburg buildings, Fort Meigs Elementary earned an Excellent with Distinction rating.

The high school, junior high, and Toth and Woodland elementaries each earned an Excellent, meeting all of their performance indicators.

However, PHS did not meet its adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals.

AYP goals are set for reading and mathematics proficiency, among others, and applied to 10 student groups based on socio-economic categories.

PHS did not meet AYP goals in reading for students with disabilities.

Frank Elementary earned an Effective rating, meeting nine of 10 performance indicators, falling short in the fourth-grade math achievement test with a 72.5 percent. The state requirement is 75 percent. Also, it fell below the expected progress in its value-added measure.