"We welcome high standards and accountability measures,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “The report card results are based on standardized tests, which represent just one indicator of progress. In Dublin City Schools, well-rounded experiences for students are one of our highest priorities. Many members of our community have consistently expressed the opinion, there is too much testing and there is too much emphasis placed on test results. We agree. While we are constantly analyzing our data in the name of continuous improvement and will continue to do so, improving test scores is not our main goal.”
Dublin City Schools’ goal is to foster creativity and critical thinking in our students while they demonstrate content mastery in a variety of ways outside the traditional assessment box. Success in college, and eventually in the workplace, will have little to do with standardized test results. While our efforts involve the whole child, we are proud of our academic data.
This year, we are proud to announce we have 32 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. 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. The District’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) results are more than 20% above the national norm in math and reading.
The areas of the report card are: achievement, gap closing, graduation rate, K-3 Literacy, prepared for success, and progress. All of these categories require definitions in spite of claims the letter grade system was devised in part so it would be easier to understand. The definitions of what these categories are attempting to convey are provided by the state of Ohio on their report card website.
The District received an overall letter grade of “B.” Prepared for success and achievement were rated “Bs.” Gap Closing and graduation rate received “As.” Progress and K-3 reading were rated “Cs”.
Even though 99.1% of our third graders met the requirements of the third grade guarantee, the District received a “C” in the third grade literacy category for the third consecutive year. These types of results are only part of the reason Dublin City Schools measures student success in a wide variety of ways other than the state issued “report card.”
The Dublin City Schools mission is to prepare students for the worlds of higher education and work, and to provide students with the tools they need to become productive members of society.
“We are interested in growing great thinkers,” Dr. Hoadley said. “Our priority is ensure our students graduate from Dublin City Schools with a world-class education, prepared for higher education or entrance into the job market.”