Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ohio Department of Education releases 2008-2009 district reports

There is a lot of information to go through here. We will hit the high points and provide links for anyone who wishes to delve further. The five basic rankings are, in order from good to bad: Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch, and Academic Emergency. In true government fashion, there are subsets for each ranking, but we won't get into that.

Versailles Exempted Village - Excellent with distinction (the very top ranking). 103.8 performance index. All 30 state indicators met. Adequate yearly progress met. Blah, blah, blah. They're getting it done in Versailles. Congratulations!

Franklin-Monroe Local - Excellent, with a 100.4 performance index. 27 of 30 state indicators met, and adequate yearly progress met. The elementary school also received an individual Excellent ranking.

Arcanum-Butler Local - Effective, with a performance index of 97.0. 25 of 30 state indicators met, although adequate yearly progress was not met due to lower scores from the middle school.

Ansonia Local School District - Excellent, with a performance index of 96.6. 27 of 30 state indicators met, and adequate yearly progress met.

Tri-Village Local - Effective, with a 94.4 performance index. 21 0f 30 state indicators met. Adequate yearly progress also met. The high school was individually ranked Excellent.

Mississinawa Valley Local - Effective, with a 91.8 performance index. 20 out of 30 state indicators met. Adequate yearly progress was not met, with the high school (Continous Improvement) scoring much lower than the elementary.

Greenville City School District - Effective, with a performance index of 91.2, 16 out of 30 state indicators met, and adequate yearly progress: not met ... By building: the Greenville Intermediate School achieved an Excellent ranking, while the Junior High ranked Continuous Improvement with a relatively poor 86.0 performance index.

Bradford Exempted Village - Continuous Improvement, with a performance index of 89.2. 18 of 30 state indicators met. Adequate yearly progress not met. The elementary school dragged down Bradford's overall ranking with an indivual rank of Continuous Improvement.


  1. Where is the report for Tri Village?

  2. Something tells me that a new building will not help Greenville schools problems.

  3. Greenville has a large percentage of families on public welfare, the children of some of these families have not had good attitudes about education. Since our community seems bent on creating more and more public housing---that rating is not going to change. These parents are more interested in free housing and welfare than they are about encouraging their children to do well in school.

  4. @ 8/26, 7:54 AM Poster:

    "These parents are more interested in free housing and welfare than they are about encouraging their children to do well in school."

    How do you know this? Upon what, exactly, do you base this insightful opinion about the hearts and minds of the poor in relation to their children's education?

    Maybe you grew up poor. Maybe you didn't. But I did, and I remember the people that I knew were not so easily boiled down to an off-handed statement like this one. Thank goodness you didn't sign your name to your comment, because you would have removed any doubt anyone has about you and your level of ignorance.

  5. The young people of Greenville deserve more than our school district seems capable or willing to provide. Its time for the district leadership to quit finding excuses for the low performance of the district but rather spend that effort into making it happen.

  6. "These parents are more interested in free housing and welfare than they are about encouraging their children to do well in school."

    Actually that is a pretty accurate statement, like it or not.
    Being "poor" has nothing to do with being a good parent either, and being well off does not automatically make you a good parent.

  7. To 9:14 a.m.
    Calling people with a different opinion "ignorant" will not change the facts and probably perpetuates the problem. Having had experience with the education side and the public housing side, I can factually say that parents are the main culprit when children are not taught the value of an education---probably by example or bad attitudes.
    If you have a large population of school children in that situation, their school district test scores are going to be lower than districts where there are fewer public housing units and greater value is put on education.

  8. I'm not calling the opinions "ignorant" because they're "different". I'm calling the opinions "ignorant" because they're full of ignorance. Ignorance perpetuates itself because of fatuousness, not because someone points out the presence of the ignorance.

    I'm sure bad parents who are poor are an overwhelming culprit in the educational vacuum of their children's lives. However, to suggest that these parents have sat down and looked at the choices they have to make, and decided:

    "Hmmm. My child's education, or free housing and welfare? Well.... my child sure is nice and he's kind of cute. But then again, I sure do likes me a free apartment. Aw, screw the kid, give me the food stamps and let's have a PAR-TAY!!!"

    is the sign of an over-simplification of a difficult and complex problem. It strikes me as an opinion that isn't very well considered, and that has been formed without much practical experience with the true face of poverty.

    Or maybe poor people are just scumbags who need to get a freakin' job or get out of my city.

  9. Since when did greenville become your city?Oh yeh very sorry for being poor but my parents wasnt rich and I dont have everything handed to me on a silver platter.You should think before you speak or not say nothing at all.People like you is why this town is in as bad of shape as it is.

  10. Obviously, judging from the last two comments---- education in this area is in more trouble than I had ever dreamed.

  11. How is the 5:34 PM comment a sign of poor education? The commenter is pointing out that several previous commenters were misrepresenting the reality of poverty.

    She says that bad parents who happen to be poor are probably a culprit in their children's educational problems (duh!).

    She points out that far from being a series of conscious manipulations of the system, many people in poverty are simply stuck and are not consciously choosing to live the way they're living.

    And finally, she points out that many of the comments about poor people seem to be made by people who have little experience with poverty, or who weren't paying close attention when they saw it.

    If it's the last comment that's drawing your ire, she seems to be making fun of similar sorts of attitudes that crop up throughout the comment section of this weblog. She's certainly not actually arguing that poor people simply need to disappear. Quite the opposite, in fact.

  12. I agree that being rich or poor does not make you a good or bad parent. I work in a field that deals with all the classes of people. From the very poor to the very rich. I can say that not all, but a large percentage of the poor are poor cause their attitude toward education and life. They don't want or see a need for an education, or with out even looking into it, think only prople with a lot of money can get a good education. I am in the middle class income level, and just put my first child through college. It was done by researching grants, scholarships, and student loans. The time is now for people to stop playing the victim, and start changing their lives. Like it or not, must people on welfare are on it cause they choose to be on it.


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