Bay Schools earn an “A” on Ohio Report Card

Bay Village Schools earn an “A” on Ohio Report Card

Student achievement puts district near the top in test scores for both Cuyahoga County and State of Ohio


(Bay Village, OH)--Students of the Bay Village City School District are meeting and exceeding state academic standards, earning the district an overall grade of A on the Ohio Report Card, released today.

A comparison of the Performance Index, which factors in every test taken by every student, shows Bay Village ranking 6th of 31 districts in Cuyahoga County, and 16th of 608 districts in the State of Ohio. The district’s Performance Index was 106.4.

“These report card results reflect the hard work that takes place every day in our schools,” said Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. “Our students, teachers and administrators should be extremely proud of this significant achievement. In addition, our parents, support staff, board members and community members should celebrate the important roles they play in helping us reach this level of success.”

One important contribution to the overall A is the report card’s “Gap Closing” category. This grade compares the achievement and growth of students with special needs and other challenges with the achievement of all students. The district met this goal by having supports in place, such as tutoring and extra assistance when participating in general education classes, to help them achieve at levels on par with their typical peers.

“We are catching those students at risk,” said Char Shryock, the district’s curriculum director. “All of our most vulnerable students are exceeding expectations.” She added that students identified as gifted are also exceeding expectations.

Progress, or Value Added, is another category where the district earned an A. The measure statistically calculates growth that all students are making based on their past performance.

The Gifted Indicator was one of two that kept the district from earning an A in the overall Achievement and Performance Index category, despite ranking among the top in the state statistically.  “We provide gifted enrichment instruction, delivered by a certificated gifted education teacher, to all of our Kindergarten through second-grade students. The state measure looks at special programs for just those identified,” said Shryock. “So the state calculates our approach as not serving that K-2 gifted population. But we think our approach is working, given that we see so many advanced scores throughout our student population, including Gifted, which earned an A showing greater progress than anticipated.” The other indicator just missed was high school Math II.

"And while the state gave us a B grade on keeping our struggling K-3 readers on track," said Shryock, "we know that our intensive interventions at that level brought almost every reader on track by third grade. But even just one student not being on track warrants our concern, and we continue to adjust levels of support to make sure every single student achieves."

Bay High earned an A for the Graduation Rate category, but a B in the “Prepared for Success” calculation, with points based on earned college credits or workplace certifications accessed by students.

Hausmann said that even while the Ohio Report Card changes frequently, it provides valuable information to help districts focus on areas where improvement is needed.

“Our report card is important to the public and to us,” said Hausmann.  “But our standing represents so much more than academics. It can only happen because we have an amazing group of people who love and care about our students. They set high expectations, with support, to ensure all our children not only meet their potential, but exceed it.”

More details can be found on the interactive Ohio Report Card for Bay Village Schools and other districts at the Ohio Department of Education website.
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