DISTRICT IMPROVES ON NEARLY ALL FRONTS ON STATE REPORT CARD

Posted On: Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Joining Grant and Lincoln in Excellent territory is Emerson and Roosevelt elementaries and Lakewood High School, which has been rated Excellent for all but one school year since 2004. Garfield and Harding middle schools, Harrison, Hayes and Horace Mann elementaries were all rated Effective and Lakewood City Academy was rated Continuous Improvement.

Overall, the district improved its Performance Index Rating, bumping up from 96.4 to 97.6 on a scale of 120; met 23 of 26 state indicators, or 88% vs. 86% for 2008-2009; and achieved “above expected growth” in the Value-Added category, which measures how much progress a student has made versus the previous school year. The Value-Added assessment is one that the district is particularly proud of as it shows that Lakewood students are achieving more than one year’s worth of academic growth during the school year.
“We are very pleased with our Performance Index Score. It is the highest it has ever been for our schools,” said Superintendent P. Joseph Madak. “It’s a weighted average of how well all students of all groups in all the tested subjects and grades have performed on the state tests and we are pleased have improved on last year’s score.”
With all this good news and the realization that the majority of our students are learning at an accelerated rate, the State Report Card data is tempered by the fact that our district failed to meet another important required measurement, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

AYP is a federal requirement that says all students in all groups must make a certain measure of yearly progress in their learning. Examples of groups include Students with Disabilities, Hispanic and Economically Disadvantaged. For the 2009-2010 school year, the Lakewood City Schools failed to meet AYP in three student groups. State law dictates that if a district does not meet AYP in more than one student subgroup, it can be rated no higher than Continuous Improvement, which is the rating the district earned for the 2009-2010 school year.
“Given that we did so much better than last year in so many areas, we are disappointed that the technicalities of this rating system are what they are. But we are committed to doing the very best that we can do for our students,” Superintendent Madak said. “We remain very proud of the outstanding educational opportunities we continue to provide our students.”
To view the entire district Report Card from the state, click here.
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