Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

2019 Ohio State Report Card
 
September 12, 2019


Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Families, Staff and Community Members,

Today, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released the Ohio School Report Cards, which are designed to give each district a picture of their progress in several areas, including but not limited to, achievement and preparing our students for their futures. These areas are those that the ODE views as important in regard to successful learning.

The results are not a surprise to us as we constantly monitor our progress. However, we will use this data to continue to inform our practices and to guide discussions around teaching and learning. We have been very thoughtful about choosing our areas on which to focus. As a result of focused energy, resources, and professional development, those areas have steadily improved. With the completion of our Strategic Plan, we will now work to address additional areas of focus while maintaining sight of the progress we have made. We are now able to operate within a sustainable model, where in previous years, we focused on quick fixes and technical challenges. Sustainability yields slower progress, but those results are long lasting.

One major improvement we have experienced is that our overall letter grade has raised to a C. This is especially significant because, as we know, results take time. Like any change process requiring sustainable improvement, we expected our State Report Card data to start showing the results of our work in three to five years. An increase in our overall letter grade demonstrates that we are making progress and headed in the right direction. The collective effort of our staff and the diligent work of our students are resulting in the growth of our of academic program. As part of our five-year Strategic Plan, which will soon be available, two of our focus areas include Student Learning and Student Experience. We will use these focus areas to measure our own progress and set goals that we can work toward while doing so in more efficient time intervals. These measures will also allow us to provide our community with more timely insight into our progress. In concert with that data, we will use the information derived from the State Report Card as yet another tool for a comprehensive look at our District. In other words, we will continue to focus on the whole child, not just test scores and data.

There are successes in our District that we should celebrate every day at every level. Soon, we will also release our annual Quality Profile which highlights many more achievements of the students and teachers in our District. We urge you to know that that there has been success, progress, and results.

For example, at the elementary level, as a District, Reynoldsburg City Schools are at or above the state average, and our proficiency percentages in Grade 3 Reading and Math as well as Grade 4 Reading and Math have improved. We have done this despite the rapid growth of our student population.

At the middle and junior high school level, we have focused on professional development for our staff leading toward continued improvement and we have attained additional instructional supports through grants. We have also invested in curriculum resources and are growing student achievement at each building.

Finally, our high school is also at or above the state average in ELA, Math, Biology, American History and American Government. Our graduation rate is excellent. The class of 2019 featured 526 graduates, with 24 students entering the military. That class earned 4,215 college credits and participated in 260 internships. The class of 2019 also earned more than $10 million in scholarships.  We are proud of all of them.

As we have stated before, transforming anything does not happen overnight. It will always take time, energy, and intentional effort to eliminate achievement gaps and to create the conditions necessary for success. Additionally, please know that 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 will continue to view each student individually and work to ensure that 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! 

Sincerely, 

 MJB Electronic Signature

Melvin J. Brown
Superintendent
Reynoldsburg City Schools

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About Mr. Brown
Melvin J. Brown, Superintendent

Mr. Melvin J. Brown is the Superintendent of the Reynoldsburg City School District. In this capacity he serves as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the District. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board of Education and has all executive and administrative powers and duties in connection with the overall operation of the schools which are not required by statute to be exercised directly by the Board or by some other officer. The Superintendent exercises leadership through school administrators who comprise the Leadership Team.

Mr. Brown has 20 years of school administrative experience. Formerly, he served as the Deputy Superintendent for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District and prior to that as its Director of Human Resources. He has also served as Regional Vice President for Mosaica Education, Inc. and as an Associate Superintendent for Prince William County Schools in the state of Virginia where he supervised 20 schools and more than 22,000 students. Additionally, he has six years of experience as an elementary school principal and two years of experience as a middle school principal. That experience includes four years at Enterprise Elementary School in Dale City, VA which was recognized by Standard and Poor’s for successfully closing the achievement gap in 2005. His non-administrative experiences include teaching middle school language arts, teaching high school English, and coaching track and boys’ basketball. Mr. Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Studies, Educational Administration at The Ohio State University.

Email: Melvin.Brown@reyn.org

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