Growth seen in state test results
Dayton Public Schools has increased its graduation rate for the fifth consecutive year and has seen above-average academic growth as defined by the state’s “value-added” rating. The results are part of the 2008-2009 district report card ratings, issued Aug. 25 by the Ohio Department of Education.
For the second consecutive year, the district and 100 percent of the district’s high schools met or exceeded federal expectations for progress (called adequate yearly progress, or AYP) in graduation during the 2007-2008 school year. They are Belmont, David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, Dayton Early College Academy, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Meadowdale, Stivers School for the Arts and Thurgood Marshall. DPS posted an 83.1 percent graduation rate for 2008. In addition, three schools exceeded the state target of 90 percent graduation: DECA (100), Ponitz (97.6), and Stivers (95.6).
“Attendance has improved, graduation has improved, our high schools have improved, as well as our elementary grades—and our district has earned a value-added ranking of above average, which means our students have achieved more than a year’s growth for a year’s instruction. This is a good start,” Superintendent Kurt Stanic said. We know we have areas to address; we have been very focused. This is an important year for us. We believe we will be able to show even more improvement.”
The district remains in “academic watch” for the third consecutive year by achieving a state-prescribed score of 70.8 (up from 70 last year) on the performance index. The combined total of all district test scores ranges from 0 to 120 points, indicating students’ combined rate of progress. The district met the state indicators for 10th- and 11th-grade writing.
The performance index also is used as a growth measure for high schools. Each high school moves up one rating category if it demonstrates growth through steady improvement of at least 10 points over two years and three points over the previous year. Dunbar increased its performance index by 10.7 points over two years ago and grew 8.7 points over last year, moving from “academic watch” to “continuous improvement.” David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center (formerly Patterson Career Center) and Thurgood Marshall increased their performance index scores by 9.2 and 14.1, respectively, but missed the two-year growth rate, remaining at “continuous improvement.”
Every DPS high school improved in every subject area on the Ohio Graduation Test as indicated by this year’s state test results. In addition, five schools met the No Child Left Behind requirement for Adequate Yearly Progress: Dayton Boys Prep Academy, Charity Adams Earley Academy for Girls, DECA, Ponitz and Thurgood Marshall.
Overall, DPS administered 23,699 tests during spring 2009. The number of students scoring advanced on all tests administered in 2009-2009 increased by 5.3 percent.
Value-added growth (for third- to eighth-grade only) allows schools or districts to demonstrate that students are making a year’s worth of progress for a year of instruction.
Nineteen schools met or exceeded value-added ratings on this year’s report card. Charity Adams Earley Academy for Girls, Loos, Eastmont, Westwood, Kiser, Patterson-Kennedy, Rosa Parks, EJ Brown, and World of Wonder achieved a year’s academic growth for a year of instruction. Cleveland, Dayton Boys Prep Academy, Edison, Fairview, Horace Mann, Kemp, Meadowdale, Orville Wright, Valerie, and Ruskin exceeded a year’s growth for a year of instruction.
Moving from a district value-added rating of “below average” last year to “above average” this year on the report card was a plus for Dayton Public Schoo