2016-2017 Report Card
Earlier this year the State of Ohio released school grade cards for the 2016-2017 school year. At Archbold Area Schools we consider the grade card to be only one measure of what we do. We do so much more for our students and our community! I want to thank our teachers for their hard work in preparing our students for the state tests, and also our students for their efforts. I look forward to continuing to Prepare the Leaders of Tomorrow this school year!
I have summarized the results below:
- State test indicators met=F and Performance Index score=B (component grade for Achievement is a C) 75% of grade comes from PI and 25% from Indicators
- Annual Measurable Objectives/Gap Closing=D This measure shows how well we are meeting the performance expectations for the most vulnerable students in LA, Math, and Graduation. Compares students in 9 groups to those across the state.
- Graduation=4 year rate=A 5 year rate=A (Component grade is an A)
- K-3 Literacy=A
- Preparing Students for Success=C This takes into account the number of students that earn a remediation free score on all parts of ACT, SAT, honors diploma, or industry recognized credential. Bonus points can be earned if students get a 3 or higher on AP exam, or earn 3 college credits before leaving HS.
- Overall value added=A Gifted value added=B Students in lowest 20%=C Students with disabilities=C (Component Grade for progress=B)
Other interesting facts:
- Our district spends 73.4% of its funding on direct classroom instruction. This ranks us 8th out of a comparison group of 275.
- More than half of Ohio’s districts earned a D in Achievement and the most common grade was a C (where we scored). Only 13 schools out of 609 across the state earned an A.
- In the progress measure more than half of the districts earned an A or B. We earned a B in this area.
- Our district saw improvements in many areas compared to last year. The reason for not meeting some of the indicators was that the state raised the proficiency score to 80%. We were well above the state average in all of these categories.
- Nearly half of the districts in Ohio earned an F on Gap Closing
- One quarter of all schools earned an A or B on K-3 literacy, most common grade was a C.
- The majority of districts earned a D on Prepared for Success
- I believe that in the future that something will have to change in the area of state indicators met. Since the state raised the cutoff score to 80% the majority of schools across the state will be in the D-F range.
If you have any questions about the grade card or how we prepare our students for these tests, please let me know.
WiFi on School Buses
In the spring of 2017 our district carried out a WiFi project to supply internet connectivity on all of our school buses. Our goal was and still is to provide students the ability to complete homework and access the internet on their way home from school, during field trips, and traveling to extra-curriculars.
Saving money and helping the environment
This is the seond year that our two propane buses have been in operation. By purchasing propane buses we save the district money in fuel costs (propane sells for about $1.00 per gallon and we receive a .50 rebate for each gallon from the IRS), and they create less pollution that goes into our air. The initial cost of a propane bus is very comparable to that of a diesel school bus and we have been very happy with their operation thus far.
We are entering year five of operation for our wind turbine and this is the prime operating time for the 298 foot, 750 kW machine. Starting in November through March we see the most wind and this helps to create power for our high school and elementary buildings. Although we may complain about the cold wind and wind chill, these strong breezes help to bring thousands of dollars in savings to our school district.