School district quantifies goals
By ANN MORRISON The Post staff writer | April 7, 2014
Data will show student improvement
STRONGSVILLE – The school district’s main focus is on student achievement. Now, it is working on ways to tangibly show progress to the community.
The board of education sets goals at the beginning of every year. The first one of those goals is always student achievement. This year, members of the board wanted to establish a way to track that goal and report progress back to the community.
“Student achievement is our No. 1 goal. It always has been and always will be,” said Superintendent John Krupinski. “There are ways that we can demonstrate the progress our students are making, we just need to work through that process.”
Going into the 2014-15 school year, the public will be able to see a visual representation of the data that the district compiles. The data will be based on the Ohio Improvement Process, which drives the district’s initiatives for student achievement.
It sets the benchmarks from the state and the targets that the students are expected to reach each year.
The OIP requires districts to use the Ohio Decision Framework to focus on identifying, confirming and prioritizing district needs, and then determining strategies to address them. It is essentially a goal-setting process that is based on test data within the district.
The data allows teachers and administrators to measure where their students are at academically throughout the year in comparison to where they are expected to be.
The very same data will be put into a readable document that the public can track.
“As we go and set these goals, it is important that we link them to what’s already in our OIP,” said Assistant Superintendent Cameron Ryba.
The structure is not in place yet, but many of the methods are. Some of the data that will be tracked will come from AIMS web, a math and reading assessment program; student attendance; graduation rate; the Ohio Achievement Assessment and Ohio Graduation Test; student learning objectives, which are developed by the teachers; and progress of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
The board plans to review the initial data at a future work session. From there, the goal is that there will be a quarterly update to the data. Once it is implemented, it will be available on the district’s Web site.