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Perrysburg Schools gets A's, B's on new state report card

Woodland Elementary given a D on one indicator

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg Schools passed all 24 state standards and received five A and four B grades in categories from the state report card released on Thursday.

One weakness in the report card for Perrysburg was Woodland Elementary's score on value added, which attempts to measure how much students' grew academically in a year. Woodland was given a D grade on its overall value added score. The school got an even lower score - an F - for value added growth for gifted students. Still, Woodland Elementary had its test scores above all of the state requirements.

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"Those are categories we know we need to do better jobs in," said Superintendent Tom Hosler. "The subgroup of our gifted students need to grow more. Knowing that data we have to look at our resources for growth with our higher performing students and their expectations."

The state report cards are in a new format this year. Gone are designations such as "academic emergency" and "excellent." Used is an A to F system. Eventually, districts and schools will get overall letter grades for their performance, but this year the state released only a series of grades for the components that make up the overall score.

For instance, schools receive a letter grade for the percentage of state standards students meet in their reading, math, and other subject tests. Schools also are graded on things such as graduation rates.

The Perrysburg district, which enrolls 4,450 students, received top grades for standards met and overall value added, a metric that attempts to measure how much academic growth students achieved in a year. The district also got As for value added of disabled students, and for its four year graduation rate, and five year graduation rate. The four year graduation rate was 97.3, which was second best in Wood County to North Baltimore.

Perrysburg received a B for its performance index - a weighted average of all students' scores - and for value added scores for gifted students, value added scores for its lowest performers, and for an element that measures achievement gap improvements, similar to the old adequately yearly progress measurement.

"We spend a lot of resources on students with disabilities and our lowest 20 percent, like tutors with master degrees," said Kadee Anstadt, Perrysburg Schools executive director of teaching and learning. "We have to figure out what resources we have that we can do better with. We want to get those B's to A's."

Mr. Hosler said it was the first time in about five years that every Perrysburg school met all the state test requirements at each grade in each building. He was also happy with the high graduation rate.

Frank, Toth, and Fort Meigs Elementary along with Perrysburg Junior High earned A grades in the value added.

"There is new data for buildings and districts, like the growth of students with disabilities, bottom 20 percent performers and gifted students," Mr. Hosler said. "It is a benefit because now we can focus in on areas we need to."

The superintendent compared gifted students' growth to asking a mile runner to cut time off their mile race time in a year. He said it is more difficult to chop 15 seconds off a 4½-minute mile than a 10-minute mile.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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