State report card points to failing Dayton district

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has released its report card, grading how well districts across the Buckeye State are doing.

ODE says the report card paints, “a clear picture of the progress of your district and schools in raising achievement and preparing students for the future.”

If so, Dayton is in trouble.

Dayton Public Schools (DPS) received Fs in 9 out of 10 categories; DPS received a D for performance index grade.

Among the failing grades was for DPS’ 4-year graduation rate, despite district officials listing Superintendent Lori Ward’s success as raising the graduation rate from nearly 60 percent to 72 percent in three years.

Ward’s other focus has been literacy, specifically with third-grade reading. State officials say DPS has been failing in that regard as well, giving the district an F for K-3 literacy.

These failing grades come on the heels of Tuesday’s decision by the Dayton Board of Education not to renew Ward’s contract, as well as that of the DPS treasurer.

Click here for a guide on what the grades mean.
Click here for a guide on what the grades mean.

District officials said however that “This procedural action allows the board to negotiate new contracts focused on increased accountability, measurable professional outcomes and best practices in the field of K12 education. This Board is committed to improving and modernizing our schools.”

Ohio lawmakers recently passed a law that would mean a state takeover if districts, like Dayton, continue receiving failing scores for a certain amount of years.

Dayton has received Fs in the past several year, but is currently placed in Safe Harbor, which means it has some time to adjust to new state tests and raise its scores. This also means Dayton, and any other failing districts placed in Safe Harbor won’t face immediate consequences or a state takeover.

Other districts receiving failing scores include: Trotwood, Springfield, Huber Heights, and Piqua

Districts that received As include Centerville and Oakwood.


Click here to download the full list of Ohio schools and their grades

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