DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Schools across the state received report cards Thursday. It’s a measurement that gives the community a better look at how the districts are doing.
Last year Dayton Public Schools was on the verge of being taken over by the state, but the latest report shows improvement.
At first glance Dayton Public School’s report card doesn’t look the best. They got 10 F’s and 1 D in areas the Ohio Department of Education looks at. But it’s the 4 A’s on the card that are making all the difference this year.
“it also means it takes us from under the academic stress condition which is quite a celebration for the Dayton public schools and also for the city of Dayton, so we no longer have that imminent threat of a possible take over. It is, if you will, a re-setting of the clock, a fresh start,” said Rhonda Corr, Dayton Schools Superintendent.
After several poor report cards in a row, the district was put on alert that if it didn’t improve it could be taken over by the state. New Superintendent Rhonda Corr says these A’s in the growth put them in the clear. But she says they still have a lot of work to do.
“A F is unacceptable and we will continue to do that. We need the work of the community. We need everybody to step up their game from central office, to teachers, to principals, to parents, to community partners. We need all of us for Dayton to thrive.”
This is the second year the state Department of Ed used a new testing format for the schools along with new common core standards which brought higher expectations for students. That made grades across the state a little lower than in the past.
Corr says while the reports may be confusing to some, she says Dayton now plans to focus on their graduation rates, achievement and k-3 literacy.
“That does not diminish our sense of urgency in making sure those F’s hoping by next year become C’s,” said Corr.
The chart below shows the scores in the Miami Valley for Fall 2016.
You can visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website for the full reports and more information.