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Ohio schools get their first set of report cards

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The Fairland and Symmes Valley school districts both met 23 of 24 indicators on the new state report card, and the Ironton district wasn't far behind by meeting 22 of 24 indicators, the best the district has ever done.

The Rock Hill district reached 17 of the 24 indicators, Chesapeake and South Point both met 16 of the 24 indicators and Dawson-Bryant reached 14 of the 24 indicators.

"I am certainly disappointed with it," Chesapeake Superintendent Jerry McConnell said Thursday. "I was hoping for a little higher score," the former Fairland superintendent said.

"There were several teaching positions that weren't filled due to budget problems," he said. "The staff and students will be working as a team to raise these scores in the future."

Ironton Superintendent Dean Nance was very pleased with his district's performance. Ironton High School received an A for the letter grade of standards met and a B for the letter grade of performance indicators met.

"We have shown steady improvement," Nance said. "This is the highest score we've ever had. I am very pleased with how well we did. However, I'm not pleased with the confusion caused by this particular report card. I don't think it's giving parents an easily understandable method of judging the schools."

He talked to a state official who said a grade of C shows districts are doing what they're supposed to be doing.

The district received a C grade for several areas, including the progress made by gifted students and the grade by the lowest 20 percent of students. "A C was not intended to be a bad grade," he said. "People don't perceive it to be that way."

"I do think we have room for improvement," Nance said. "I'm seeing a well-balanced, improving school district. I'm not seeing any huge gaps or holes. We've been working on this. Our growth has been slow but consistent. I could not be more proud of my staff."

When it came to letter grades, Ironton, Fairland and Symmes Valley received an A for standards met while Rock Hill received a C and the others received Ds.

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