September 13, 2018
Reynoldsburg City Schools Families, Staff and Community Members,
the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released the Ohio School Report Cards,
which are designed to give each District a picture of the progress in raising
achievement and preparing our students for their futures. The information
provided in the Report Card outlines areas the ODE views as most critical to
The State Report Card results are not
a surprise to us. As we receive this data, we will use it to inform our
practices and guide our discussions. Through this work, we will be able to
identify areas of achievement, as well as areas of opportunity.
As you know, over the summer, we created
a Steering Committee to assist us in the development of a Five Year Strategic
Plan. As part of that plan, we will identify District metrics to measure our
own progress in attaining goals as we do not feel that the State Report Card is
a comprehensive view of our District. Instead of focusing on the State Report
Card, it is our hope that our stakeholders instead focus on what our District
is doing to address the challenges our students face, as well as celebrate the
significant accomplishments we have achieved.
There are successes that we should celebrate at each level. For example, at the elementary level, our schools are successfully serving and growing students in a variety of subgroups and diverse populations. This was a focus during my first year as Superintendent and will continue to be a focus for the District. In addition, most of our elementary schools improved on one or more measures from last year’s report card.
At the middle school and junior high
school level, our buildings show that they are not only serving and growing
students in a variety of subgroups and diverse populations, but Science
continues to be a strong area of achievement and growth.
Finally, at the high school level, our graduation rate remains positive. The Class of 2018 consisted of 535 graduates who earned more than $8.9M in scholarships and more than 4,100 college credits. They also completed 168 internships. Our focus continues to be preparing students for life after graduation, whether that is readiness for college, for the military, or for careers. All four high school academies performed well on the Progress Measure of the report card, which shows that most students are growing at least a year, if not more, in Reading and Math.
anything does not happen overnight. It will take time, energy and intentional
effort to eliminate any achievement gaps and create the conditions necessary
for success. Additionally, we consider the education and the development of the
whole child as priorities in our work. We
will continue to focus on the work ahead of us. We view each student
individually and work to ensure they enter the world well-rounded and
experienced. We refuse to have our students reduced to being defined by a test
score. We fully appreciate your support
and cooperation in making our District the tremendous place that it is and, as
always, we remain #REYNproud!
Next week, we will
issue our Quality Profile, where we will highlight achievements from our District
and our students, including but not limited to the State Report Card.
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools
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