September 12, 2014 – Data released from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) today shows Mentor Public Schools continuing on the path of educational excellence that has become a strong tradition and expectation in our community. The report also highlights specific areas our district can target to work to improve at the building level.
This is the second year for ODE’s newly formatted report card, where districts receive letter grades, rather than the Excellent or Excellent with Distinction ratings earned in the past. However, some of the categories on the new report card are essentially the same as the previous format, based on the same data points.
Again this year, Mentor Schools earned an “A” in the Progress category for scoring above what is expected. Progress (formerly known as Value Added) measures a student’s growth in one year, regardless of his or her starting point. It is quite an accomplishment to earn an “A” or a “B” in this category because it means students gained more than one year’s growth in one year’s time. If a district met Value Added, meaning a student gained the expected year’s growth over the course of the school year, the letter grade given by ODE would be a “C” on the report card.
Achievement is another category in which Mentor Schools earned an “A”. District-wide, 22 of 24 indicators were met to earn the “A” rating. 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 earned a Performance Index (PI) score of 103.3 for the 2013-2014 school year, which scores a “B” on the report card. 103.3 is a strong PI score and one of the highest in the district’s history.
“We are pleased our students are achieving at a high level and showing great academic growth overall, especially under more rigorous state standards,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller “At the same time, we recognize there is always room for improvement. Our team of educators will continue to focus on individualizing instruction to meet the needs of each learner and working toward better progress gains among our different subgroups of students.”
Mentor Schools is extremely proud of its staff and students and the hard work they put into the classroom each and every day. Their work coupled with help from dedicated parents and guardians and a supportive community is what fosters a culture of educational excellence in Mentor.
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While the State Report Card provides insightful information about our district, additionally, a new type of evaluation of school districts will be released statewide on Monday. That report is called the Quality Profile and it includes information the community indicated is important via a Quality Profile Survey. Mentor is among the districts releasing a Quality Profile and we encourage you to check back here at www.mentorschools.net on Monday to view the report.