BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — The Maumee school district earned an overall letter grade of B on the annual fall report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
At the September 23 Maumee school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Todd Cramer reviewed this year’s test results. The ODE recently released its annual school report cards indicating that the district as well as each school building in the district received a B.
“We still have areas that we need to experience growth and improvement in, but I am really proud of the overall direction that we are headed as a district,” Cramer said.
Results of tests from the 2018-19 school year indicated the following grades per category:
• A for Gap Closing, which shows how schools meet performance expectations for vulnerable populations of students.
• A for Progress, which measures growth that students are making based on their past performances.
• A for Graduation Rate.
• C for Achievement, which represents the number of students who passed state tests and how well they performed.
• C for Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers, which looks at how successful the school is at improving reading scores among students in kindergarten through third grade who previously tested below state standards.
• D for Prepared for Success, which shows how students are prepared for college or careers after graduation.
In the Progress category, this is the first year the district has earned an A, Cramer said.
“This was a strong focus of our strategic plan as well as our building strategic plan over the past three years, so it was great to see the results of the effort being put in at our buildings and across the district,” he said.
Test scores are also going up slightly among young students in kindergarten through third grade, who continue to read below standard measures. From the pool of students who were not hitting the mark, 71 did move to the “on track” category, while 168 are still considered “off track.” Through intervention programs and other support efforts, that number is slowly improving, said Michelle Shafer, the district’s director of teaching and learning.
“Two years ago, the number was 25 percent on track and last year it was 36 percent moving on track, so it is improving,” Shafer said. “We will continue to work on that and it is something that is a constant focus for us.”
In addition to reviewing the state report card, the board took the following action:
• Approved a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of a master electric energy sales agreement between the district and Power4Schools’ endorsed electric supplier, Engie Resources.
• Set an organizational board meeting for January 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
• Approved an overnight trip for the MHS FCCLA to travel to Marengo, Ohio on Monday and Tuesday, October 14-15, for Ohio Leadership Training.