Superintendent Message: Release of State Report Card
On Thursday September 15th the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released district and individual school report cards. The fall report cards include many changes and greater expectations. Students were evaluated more frequently, across a greater range of subjects, using new assessments, and indicator benchmarks were set at a higher rate. In Huron, high school students took all State assessments on-line for the first time. Finally, the fall 2016 report cards are the first to include grades on individual measures that are compiled into grades for the report cards six components.
While we are extremely proud of the work carried out by our students, faculty and staff, we understand the new assessments and higher benchmarks indicate there is room for growth. Our building principals, grade level and departmental teams and central office team have already started to dig deep into the data in an effort to find areas where we can make a significant difference for our students.
Please keep in mind, the report card is just a single snapshot of our district and does not provide a holistic picture of our overall success. While we accept and embrace a high standard of accountability, a single measure does not completely define our district or the work of our students and staff. It does not reflect all the learning that occurs daily nor does it account for school safety, extra curricular participation and success, school climate, staff engagement with students or the high level of community support our district receives. So as we take a moment to reflect on our ODE district report card, do not forget the many ways we impact children, not always measured by six components on a single report. We are successful for many reasons and academic performance on one assessment is just one piece to a complex puzzle.