Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members,
As mentioned in our email last week, in addition to the State Report Card, we created a Quality Profile to highlight achievements from our District and our students to give additional context to the Report Card results.
There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes here at Central Office and in our schools. Some of the things on which we are working, or have completed for this year include (but are not limited to):
• The completion of our Instructional Audit
• The beginnings of our Strategic Planning initiative and development of a Mission and Vision for the District
• We are in the process of developing the Freshman Experience with an expected launch next school year
• Improving access to and success in Advanced Placement courses
• Expanding and reconstructing Gifted Program across the District
• Revisiting and refreshing our Inclusion Practices for Special Education
• Adding Supervisory and Evaluative Capacity to the District and to schools
• Realigning Central Office staffing to focus on Academic Improvement
• Growing the Instructional Coaching Team via the use of Grants
• Adoption of District-wide curriculum materials for the elementary level
This annual Quality Profile will help characterize the overall educational value of Reynoldsburg City Schools in areas that are important to our community. I hope you find it informative. I take pride in the great things coming out of our District, and after reading this report, I hope you are #reynproud as well!
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools
Click here to read the 2018 Quality Profile
Click here to read a PDF of the letter.
September 13, 2018
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 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 successful learning.
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.
Transforming 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