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Weekly District Newsletter

District Newsletter
September 21, 2018

Superintendent's Message

Ottawa Hills Leads Ohio With Release of 2018 Local Report Card

In 2015, Ottawa Hills made history by becoming the first and only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on its district and building Local Report Cards.
In 2016, the district repeated that feat by earning A’s in all categories of the Local Report Card. Once again, we were the only school district in the state to accomplish this feat.
In 2017, the district again was the only district in Ohio to earn all A’s on the Local Report Card.
Now, in 2018, we’ve done it again. With the Ohio Department of Education’s issuing of the Local Report Card for the 2017-2018 school year, Ottawa Hills sits alone as the only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on the district report card for four years in a row.
The Local Report Card is just one piece of a bigger picture that defines whether a school district is getting the job done. However, at a time when many school districts are experiencing a substantial decline in their Local Report Card ratings, it is notable that Ottawa Hills students continued to improve their performance, earning the highest rating possible in all categories. That’s a sign of a strong school with empowered students, dynamic teachers, involved parents, and a supportive community.
To see our district’s Local Report Card, you can visit the Ohio Department of Education website. You can access the Report Cards of all districts in the state of Ohio by clicking on "2017-18 Ohio School Report Cards." The report is very involved, not only at the district level, but also for our individual school buildings. However, following is an administrative summary of the various categories on which the district was rated on the 2018 Local Report Card.
The first piece of information I’m proud to share helps lay the foundation for our outstanding Report Card results. The Report Card includes financial data which measures the district’s spending habits. This data shows that 75.5% of district funds are spent on classroom instruction (up from 75.4% last year). This compares with the state average of 65%. Districts that are comparable to Ottawa Hills as far as demographics spend 67.6% of funds on classroom instruction. When compared to 164 other school districts of similar size statewide, Ottawa Hills ranks #2 in percentage of funds spent on classroom instruction.
This outcome affirms our focus on maximizing learning for all students while being good stewards of the finances that are provided to us by our taxpayers. This is not a category for which our district receives a “grade” from the Ohio Department of Education, yet it is information that affirms our commitment to focused, smart spending that first and foremost supports academic opportunities for our students. Those are your tax dollars at work.
Academically, Ottawa Hills received an ODE-assigned grade in five different categories with seven subcategories. This year, there was an addition of an overall grade. Generally, with the exception of the Graduation Rate, the grades are based on our students’ performance on state tests taken last February through May. Again, remember that these grades are a “snapshot” of our school based upon those test results.

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