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District's academic house is in order

We have been informed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) that another round of Ohio Local Report Cards will be released this week. We welcome high standards and we welcome accountability, but any rating system, whether it be from the ODE, or one of the many, many websites that rank and compare schools, is imperfect and only tells a small portion of our story.

Regardless of methodologies, letter grades, or data issues, our educational philosophies do not revolve around excelling in rating systems. We do what is best for kids, not what is best for our state report card. Test results are benchmarks, not an endgame. As benchmarks, they still have value and our students continue to achieve at high levels. In Dublin City Schools, we are focused on growing thinkers, not growing test takers. Our mission is to develop the whole student, academically, socially, and civically. While our efforts involve the whole child, we are proud of our academic data.

Most recently, we learned Dublin City Schools students’ AVERAGE ACT composite score reached an all-time high of 26.0, up from 25.5 only one year ago. Our ACT scores are rising as our enrollment grows, our diversity grows, and our ACT participation numbers grow. Last year, 1,056 of our school students took the ACT Test, and that figure represents an increase of more than 100 students from the year before. We also recently learned we have an incredible 46 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists this year, which represents an all-time high in Dublin City Schools. The National Merit Scholar Semifinalist designation is a highly valued national recognition and is based on outstanding scores on the PSAT test, an indicator of college readiness.

Last school year, Dublin City Schools was honored as one of fewer than 45 school districts in North America to be named to the AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Roll four consecutive years. Our District is one of only 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Our students attend some of the finest universities and colleges in the country. Students who do not feel college is for them, have an expanding selection of career exploration options to choose from not only from our partner Tolles Career and Technical Center, but within our own program offerings.

The Dublin City Schools academic house is in order. We have an expert and dedicated teaching staff, many of whom are the same teachers who were educating students here when the District received “Ohio’s highest academic rating” for many, many consecutive years under the state’s old rating system. They are dedicated professionals who pride themselves on delivering world-class instruction to our students. Frankly, our teachers don’t deserve to be associated with “letter grades” on a rating system that does not accurately represent the quality of our District or the depth of their expertise.

Regardless of the intentions, methodologies, and letter grades produced by rating systems, our educational philosophies do not revolve around excelling within those frameworks. We are fostering a culture of enrichment and our priority is not on memorization or standardized testing. We do what is best for kids, not what is best for our state report card. Test results are benchmarks, not an endgame. As benchmarks, they still have value and our students continue to achieve at high levels as previously stated. As we always do, we will examine our data and thoughtfully apply it to our daily work in an effort to continuously improve. Almost every school district in the country has areas they can do better in, and our District is no different. We do not get defensive when we are held accountable, or asked to do better. We put our noses to the grindstone to continuously improve at everything we do, every day.

In closing, I want to state again, we welcome high standards, and we welcome accountability. First and foremost, we are accountable to the students and taxpayers of our District. We are delivering on our promise to our community to prepare our students for success in college and in their future careers. Generations of educators, students, and community members who came before us laid the foundation for our success. Our reputation for academic excellence is well earned. We will continue to deliver on that tradition, without resting on our laurels.

Thanks to our entire community for a great start to the school year. It truly takes a village to raise a child and our District is an excellent example of the great things than can happen when we stay focused on what is best for students, rather than emphasizing standardized testing or excelling within a rating system.
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7030 Coffman Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017
P 614-764-5913
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