Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Tiger Growth – at the Loveland City School District it is our No. 1 goal. We hold ourselves to the commitment that every Tiger will demonstrate personal academic growth. As such, I wanted to provide a current view about the state of our academic program, and put state measurements into context.
From 2003-2014, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) report card was based on the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) and the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). While the state test provides just one look at student achievement, it had served as a consistent – albeit limited – annual measure. During the 2013-14 school year, Loveland wanted to incorporate a more robust measure that could provide teachers near real-time assessment data to inform their instruction of individual students within a school year to positively impact academic growth. At that time the district began consistently using MAP testing to provide this additional data point for teachers in the areas of math and reading.
During that same time ODE began making changes in state testing. In 2013-14 students were taking the OAA and OGT (paper and pencil). In 2014-15 students took a new assessment developed by PARCC for reading and math and a new assessment in science and social studies developed by AIR (entirely online). And in 2015-16 students took a new assessment developed by AIR (Next Generation Assessments) for reading and math and took the same assessment as the previous year for science and social studies (entirely online). These changes in testing make an annual comparison difficult and challenging to interpret. Thankfully our district has had MAP to provide a consistent, comprehensive look at our student growth, and our tests demonstrate the consistently high achievement of our students in grades 3-8 in reading and math. For example, the average Loveland third grader scores better than 65 percent of third graders nationally on MAP. While some variation is noted, the scores show a consistently high level of achievement across the grade levels in both math and reading.
ODE began changing the school rating system to an A-F report card in 2013 just as the state assessments underwent the series of changes. While student achievement as reported on the state report card would appear to be in steep decline, MAP demonstrates that our students are scoring at a consistently high level in both reading and math. There are, however, areas of improvement that can be identified in both the state assessment data and the MAP data, and those are being addressed through building goals related to the district Growth goal. Building teams are reviewing systems of support for students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students, as those are consistent areas we see the opportunity for improvement. Should you have any question about your student’s individual academic growth, I encourage you to contact your building principal. Should you have any questions on district performance, I encourage you to contact me directly.
In service to our Tigers,
Dr. Amy Crouse
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Posted October 25, 2016
For additional details, including graphs showing academic progress, please see the following video that provides Dr. Crouse's full academic update: