Streetsboro -- The Streetsboro City Schools reached a long-sought goal this year -- achieving an "excellent" rating on the state's local report cards.
"I believe this is our first 'excellent' rating for Streetsboro schools," said Director of Curriculum Mike Daulbaugh when the Ohio Department of Education released preliminary results for the 2011-12 school year Oct. 17.
School Board President Kevin Grimm said the "well-deserved" "excellent" rating reflects years of hard work.
"I would say the preliminary information that we received with our 'excellent' rating shows our dedication to the students and that we are living up to the promises we made to the community," said Grimm.
The district met 25 of the 26 indicators measured on the state local report cards. Fifth-grade math is the area that still needs to improve, and Daulbaugh said the district plans to continue its cycle of aligning curriculum with state standards, developing short-cycle assessments to measure individual students progress and developing ways to help those students through various interventions, which include tutoring, small group work and more.
He's also been working to find "a quick and easy benchmarking test" for math. A new math program, Go Math, should help. The text is aligned directly to the state curriculum and offers some assessment tools so teachers can monitor students' progress throughout the year, said Daulbaugh.
He also said, based on the preliminary results, Streetsboro Middle School became the district's first building to earn an "excellent with distinction" rating, the top mark possible on the local report cards from the Ohio Department of Education.
Streetsboro Middle School Principal Steve Hatch said the top rating is a reflection of several years of hard work.
"We always kept getting so darned close," he said. "This year, we finally punched it over the line."
Offering before- and-after-school tutoring to students with classroom teachers helped the school, he said.
"We did a good job identifying and targeting kids who needed help," he said.
Hatch said crunching the numbers of individual students' tests well, identifying weak areas that demand extra help to achieve proficiency, will help the school continue its success.
"I think it's really important not only administration but staff take a good, hard look at the data and understand it," he said. "We were able to target a lot of kids who might have otherwise slipped through."
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