New ODE report cards indicate educational excellence continues in Mentor Schools with targeted areas for improvement
Although the Ohio Department of Education has changed the way it rates school districts across the state, Mentor Public Schools once again met all of the report card indicators and earned an “A”, the highest grade, on the overall Value-Added measure.

August 22, 2013 – Data released from the Ohio Department of Education in a newly formatted report card shows Mentor Public Schools continuing on the path of educational excellence our community expects, with specific areas for improvement at the building level.

The Excellent or Excellent with Distinction ratings we’ve seen over the past several years are no longer in effect. Instead, districts are receiving letter grades in an “A” through “F” format in a number of categories. However, some of the categories are based on data that is familiar from previous report card documents.

For instance, Mentor Schools earned an “A” for the 2012-2013 school year in the Standards Met category, because the district met 24 out of 24 indicators. Indicators include: 3rd Grade Achievement for Reading and Math, 4th Grade Achievement for Reading and Math, 5th Grade Achievement for Reading, Math and Science, 6th Grade Achievement for Reading and Math, 7th Grade Achievement for Reading and Math, 8th Grade Achievement for Reading, Math and Science, Ohio Graduation Tests (10th Grade) for Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies and Ohio Graduation Tests (11th Grade) for Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies.

Mentor Schools also earned an “A” in the Value Added category for scoring above what is expected. Value Added measures students’ progress in one year, regardless of their starting point. If a district or building meets Value Added on the new report card, the letter grade given would be a “C”. Students must gain more than one year’s growth during the school year for districts to earn an “A” or a “B”. Another category our community has grown accustomed to from previous report cards for comparison purposes is the Performance Index Score. Mentor Schools earned a Performance Index score of 103.3 for 2012-2013, which is a “B”. With the previous system, a 100 or better performance index score would likely earn an Excellent or better rating for a school district.

“We have anticipated more rigorous measures from the Ohio Department of Education, and we are pleased our students are achieving at a high level and showing great academic growth overall,” said Superintendent Mr. Matthew Miller. “Yet, we have room to improve in several specific areas. This past summer, we started making shifts in our staffing and instruction, with blended learning initiatives as one example, to make sure we are best preparing our students for their future.”

The district has also adjusted staffing to allow room in the budget for instructional coaches. These coaches will support staff members in attaining their goals of meeting the needs of all students in Mentor.

“The implementation of our new instructional coaching staff was done without adding any additional staff salaries to our budget, as Mentor Schools continues to face funding cuts from the Ohio Department of Education,” Miller said. “We are committed to the careful balance of providing a quality education while maintaining the highest level of fiscal responsibility for our community.”
Mentor Schools’ administration is extremely proud of its staff and students, and the hard work they put into the classroom every day to continue reaching tremendous accomplishments. The district also extends a thank you to our students’ parents, guardians and community members for being supportive and encouraging of the great work happening in Mentor Schools.

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