Avon Lake City Schools have always welcomed high standards and accountability. Our mission is a commitment to personalized educational excellence where we challenge all students and develop their individual goals. We are committed to not only academic rigor and academic excellence, but also to the social and behavioral development and well-being of all students.
Last week the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released their annual Local Report Card (LRC). The Avon Lake staff anticipated that the 2016 State Report Card letter grades would be mixed. Our predictions were accurate and letter grades for the district and schools range from A’s to F’s. The academic success of Avon Lake’s students has never been based on standardized state testing. The Avon Lake City School District believes in rigorous programming that prepares students for success in the path of their choice after graduation from Avon Lake High School.
The assessments that our state uses to report the information on the report card changed again last year and for most subjects, for a third year in a row (OAA/OGT to PARCC to AIR).
- Our K-3 Literacy grade would suggest that our students are struggling to read when in reality 100% of our third grade students met the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee to move onto fourth grade.
- Our 2015 Valued Added Grade was an A, our 2016 Value Added Grade is an F. Our teachers, students, and curriculum are the same; it is the tests and passing standards that have changed.
- Our local assessments indicate that Avon Lake continues to be one of the top school districts in the state as we have been for the last 10 years.
Avon Lake District Report Card can be found here: http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/District-Report.aspx?DistrictIRN=048124
Ohio Department of Education Report Card guide: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Data/Report-Card-Resources/Report-Card-Guide.pdf.aspx
We believe that the state accountability process will continue to be revised and will in the future do a better job of measuring student academic success, as well as demonstrate the outstanding accomplishments our students have achieved and will continue to achieve.
We are hopeful that this process is revised and truly demonstrates the outstanding accomplishments our students have made. Our district has areas to improve upon and we have plans in place to do so.
We encourage you to take the time to look at our District’s Quality Profile that more accurately depicts what Avon Lake students achieve beyond standardized testing and the educational opportunities Avon Lake City Schools offer in order to educate the whole child. Please access this document atwww.avonlakecityschools.org. If you have any additional questions related to Avon Lake's District State Report Card, please contact Natalie Fior, curriculum director, or Robert Scott, superintendent at 440-933-6210.
Thank you for your continued support of the Avon Lake City Schools.