District Ranks Near Top In State For Academic Growth

Data recently released by the Ohio Department of Education in relation to the 2011-2012 Report Cards shows that the Lakewood City School District is in the top 2% of all Ohio public schools systems and charter schools in regards to learning gains in one academic year in reading and math.

Out of 832 districts, Lakewood City Schools ranks 14th in the 2012 Value-Added category of the Report Card. The Value-Added designation measures how much academic progress a student has made in one academic year. Lakewood Schools have earned “Above” the expected measure each of the five years that Value-Added has been counted in the state Report Cards.

“This shows us that our teachers are working very hard … and working collaboratively. There is a lot of work going on to get these kind of results,” said Board President Edward Favre at the March 18 Board meeting where the ranking was announced. “Our instructional staff and administration is outstanding,” he continued.

The rankings were based on the performance of students in grades 4-8 on the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests administered each spring. Solon (5th) and Olmsted Falls (10th) were the only other Northeast Ohio school systems ranked in the top 20.

“Our school improvement processes are working,” said Superintendent Jeff Patterson. “I am very proud of our students and staff members. We have proven that we add significant academic growth in the areas of reading and math.”

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 PM, 04.02.2013