Columbus City Schools Local Report Card
There’s far more to measuring a child’s learning and growth than what’s scored on the State’s annual Local Report Card, which offers only a limited snapshot on six state-selected indicators and a new overall District grade.
That’s why Columbus City Schools created this special MORE TO THE SCORE report to give families and stakeholders a fuller picture of the advancements and achievements found in the more than 3,000 diverse classrooms throughout Ohio’s largest school district.
The results of the 2018 Local Report Card highlight three important takeaways for our efforts in Columbus City Schools:
- MEASURABLE ADVANCES BUT LITTLE GRADE CHANGE: Only one letter grade on the six main indicators changed from last year (moving up a letter grade on Graduation Rate) despite the District making measurable advancements on three key indicators: Improving K-3 Reading, Gap Closing, and Graduation Rate. In fact, the District’s Gap Closing Score more than tripled from last year, jumping from 9.9% to 29.2%. Growth in these three key indicators are essential to moving the District’s overall grade score.
- GREAT PROGRESS BUT STILL BEHIND: Data at the grade level reveals great progress by our students to achieve at least a year’s worth of learning and growth in reading and math. However, because many students often start the year behind where the state says their proficiency level should be, a year’s worth of growth is not enough to catch up. This highlights the need for both greater educational outreach in the summer for elementary and middle school students (to avoid the so-called Summer Slide) and further expansion of efforts to provide high-quality Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Education opportunities for more of Columbus’ youngest learners before they even start school.
- STATE DISTRESS BUT RETAIN LOCAL CONTROL: By issuing an “F” on the District’s Overall Final Grade, the Ohio Department of Education has initiated the first step in declaring an “Academic Distress” for Columbus City Schools. Under the state’s plan, if the District is unable to change that grade in three years, a state-mandated Academic Distress Commission would be established that could supersede local control. We know the best decisions in a child’s education are always made at the local level: by families, teachers, staff, administrators, stakeholders in our neighborhood, business, and community, and locally-elected school boards.
During the 2017-2018 school year, Columbus City Schools continued to show improvements on state assessments and in helping more students meet state-mandated proficiency levels. On 16 of 21 state assessment measures, more Columbus students met or exceeded proficiency levels this past year compared to the previous year, averaging at least a 5.5-percentage-point improvement.
Below are last year’s proficiency improvements as compared to the 2016-2017 school year:
- 4th Grade English Language Arts: 42.9% (4.9 percentage point increase)
- 5th Grade English Language Arts: 47.2% (5.8 percentage point increase)
- 5th Grade Math: 33.4% (4.9 percentage point increase)
- 5th Grade Science: 39.2% (5.1 percentage point increase)
- 7th Grade English Language Arts: 36.5% (3.4 percentage point increase)
- 7th Grade Math: 29.2% (1 percentage point increase)
- 8th Grade English Language Arts: 27.4% (3.1 percentage point increase)
- 8th Grade Math: 34.1% (2.5 percentage point increase)
- 8th Grade Science: 38.1% (2.9 percentage point increase)
- High School English Language Arts I: 40.4% (7.1 percentage point increase)
- High School English Language Arts II: 36.6% (7.0 percentage point increase)
- High School Math I: 24.2% (5.2 percentage point increase)
- High School Math II: 13.9% (2.2 percentage point increase)
- High School Biology: 45.6% (14.3 percentage point increase)
- High School American History: 50.4% (7.7 percentage point increase)
- High School American Government: 58.7% (10.3 percentage point increase)
Every child has the potential to succeed, no matter what part of the city they come from, their family income or history, or the color of their skin. Within our District, we’ve made unprecedented advancements to bridge the gaps in achievement that have historically separated economically disadvantaged students and students of color from other students.
Numbers on the 2018 Local Report Card show that our efforts have more than tripled the results of closing that gap for all of our students, and we continue to see more students of color succeed and achieve at graduation.
The Gap Closing Annual Measurable Objective score is 29.2% for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a 19.3 percentage point increase from last school year’s score of 9.9%.
IMPROVING K-3 LITERACY
Reading is the foundation for all learning, which is why it’s so critical to give children at early ages every opportunity to build their reading proficiency. Our concerted efforts are producing real results!
The District’s overall K-3 Literacy Score is 23.7%, which represents a 1.2 percentage point increase from the previous school year.
Taking a closer look at reading skills in the 3rd Grade - when students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” - nearly 4,200 Columbus 3rd Graders met or exceeded the requirements of the state’s 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee. That represents more than 88.1%.
On average, nine of every ten Columbus 3rd graders met or exceed the state’s 3GRG requirements and matriculated to 4th Grade last school year.
Looking ahead to 2018-2019: to further focus our efforts on meeting and exceeding the state’s changing proficiency standards, Columbus City Schools is expanding its use of the iReady and Achieve3000 virtual “personal reading tutor” learning tools. Used on laptops and mobile tablets, these virtual tools use online stories and exercises to gauge students’ strength and weakness in literacy skills. Once the virtual tutor identifies where a student needs help, the iReady and Achieve3000 software will create a series of activities and stories to help improve those needed skills that are measure on the state test. The system also notifies the teacher on ways to change classroom curriculum to further help more students with overall proficiency.
This section looks at the growth in learning a student achieves each year. The District’s overall Progress score for students in grades 4-8 reveal that many of our students start the school year behind their peers (and far behind the proficiency levels at which the state would expect students to begin).
Even by achieving more than a year’s worth of growth in math and reading, many of those students still cannot reach state-set proficiency levels. Still, there is growth:
- 4th Graders demonstrated a Math and English Language Arts combined growth of 2.45 percentage point increase compared to last school year.
- 5th Graders demonstrated a Math, English Language Arts, and Science combined growth of 5.2 percentage point increase compared to last school year.
- 7th Graders demonstrated a Math and English Language Arts combined growth of 2.2 percentage point increase compared to last school year.
- 8th Graders demonstrated a Math, English Language Arts, and Science combined growth of 2.8 percentage point increase compared to last school year.
In nine of our Priority Schools, teachers and staff we able to improve the school’s individual score on either Progress or Gap Closing by at least a full letter grade or two. At one school, one indicator jumped from an F to a B.
More students are graduating from Columbus City Schools! And the District’s overall score on Graduation Rate improved a full letter grade compared to last year’s report card.
Looking at the Columbus City Schools Class of 2017, the District’s 4-Year Graduation Rate on this report card is 78.1%. That is a 4 percentage point increase from last year’s report card.
Also as impressive, every student group within the District demonstrated an increase in their graduation rate from the previous year. In many cases, those improvements far exceeded state expectations:
- Asian or Pacific Islander: 1 percentage point increase
- African American: 4.3 percentage point increase (12.3 points above state-established goal)
- Hispanic: 12.7 percentage point increase
- Multi-Racial: 3.4 percentage points increase (2 points above state-established goal)
- Caucasian: 2.6 percentage point increase
- Economically Disadvantaged: 3.7 percentage point increase (3.8 points above state-established goal)
- English Learners: 15.5 percentage point increase
- Students with Disabilities: 7.9 percentage points increase (4.5 points above state-established goal)
PREPARED FOR SUCCESS
Showing continued improvement, the District’s overall Prepared for Success score is up, now standing at 18.2% for the 2017-2018 school year. That’s a 3.5 percentage point increase from last year’s score.
When students graduate, they should be ready for success in college, in the workforce or careers, or in the military. That’s why it’s better to offer multiple measures for college and career readiness to showcase the unique approaches to preparing students for success after high school.
To view the District’s overall Local Report Card or to look at the Local Report Card for your child’s school, click here to go to the Ohio Department of Education’s website.
Left off the Department of Education's report is our Columbus Gifted Academy. Click here to view a Local Report Card simulation for Columbus Gifted Academy.