Deer Park Academic Reflection
Dear Families and Community Members of the Deer Park Community City Schools:
As you may know, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will be releasing the 2015/2016 State Report Card on Thursday, September 15. Over the next two weeks, we will be sending out a series of emails explaining each component of the report card to help you better understand what each component means.
The report card being issued this Thursday by ODE mainly reflects our students’ performance on last year’s end of course exams for grades 3 - 12. This is the first year that our students, as well as other students all across the state, have taken the American Institute for Research (AIR) end of course exams in English and Mathematics. In 2014/2015 our students took the PARCC assessments and in 2013/2014 our students took the Ohio Achievement Assessments.
Over the last three years, the assessments have changed significantly and the performance expectations in regards to cut-scores have also increased every single year. Not only have the assessments themselves increased in complexity, but the mode of testing has also changed, which is an additional challenge for our students. Our students have gone from taking paper and pencil only assessments to now taking all of their assessments online. While we don’t avoid accountability, we don’t believe this report card accurately represents the academic performance of our students. Please click the link below to access the research study conducted by Amherst Schools in March of 2016. We believe you will find this data very compelling.
Amherst Schools Value Added Research Study
The release of the 2015/2016 report card will definitely highlight some areas of growth in our district as well as some areas of strength for us to build upon. We accept those challenges as a district and we will continue to work together so our students perform at their highest levels. Deer Park students participate in rich opportunities throughout their Pk-12 experience and they seek magnificent opportunities after graduation:
- 60% of the graduating class of 2016 attended a 4-year college
- 8% of the graduating class of 2016 attended a 2-year college
- 13% of the graduating class of 2016 is currently serving in the military
- 29 of the graduating students received scholarships totaling over $1.2 million dollars
If you would like to know if your child is on grade level and progressing through the curriculum, please contact their teacher for the most up-to-date academic data. Mr. Tudor, Mr. Smiley, and Dr. Orso are also available to discuss your child’s academic progress.
Achieving Excellence Together!