North Canton School District Remains 'Excellent' But Pushes for Improvement
District officials have reason to celebrate after receiving the Ohio Department of Education's school district report card, but they recognize there's always room to improve
This year’s district report card marked the 11th year the North Canton City School District has been rated “Excellent.”
It met all 26 of the state indicators set by the Ohio Department of Education and moved its performance index up from 105.1 to 105.6 (a perfect score is 120). That’s a critical part of measuring progress with schools, as it “reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for the full academic year,” as the department describes it.
Superintendent Michael Gallina and Curriculum Director Peggy Savage talked with North Canton Patch Wednesday, when the numbers officially were released, and said the district has cause to celebrate, but it also needs to improve on some weaker points shown in the report card.
For instance, the district will put more emphasis on its special needs population this year, Savage said.
“We’re looking at ways the district embraces and delivers services to them,” she said.
The adequate yearly progress numbers (AYP) sent up a flag letting district officials know that group of students could use more attention, she said. (The Ohio Department of Education defines AYP as “A measure representing the federal mandate that holds schools accountable for the performance of subgroups, as well as all students.”)
Another area that will get more attention this year is elementary and middle school math, which school officials also identified as a weaker area. Gallina said the report card data is no cause for concern, but “they’re on that tipping point.”
“We’re going to actually take that on as a personal challenge,” Gallina said.
Gallina had highlighted some points of pride in a written statement to district staff and media:
- 73 percent of students who took the tests achieved accelerated or advanced scores when you count all tests taken at all grade levels tested
- 99 percent graduation rate
- 96.3 percent attendance rate
Below is a chart showing the changes in performance index and ratings for each individual school as well as the school district during the 2010-2011 and 2009-2010 school years.
|2010-2011 RATING||2009-2010 RATING||2010-2011 PI||2009-2010 PI|
|Clearmount Elementary||Excellent with Distinction||Excellent||103.8||103.4|
|Greentown Elementary||Excellent with Distinction||Excellent with Distinction||104||103.4|
|Orchard Hill Elementary||Excellent||Excellent||105.7||103.5|
|North Canton Middle School||Excellent||Excellent||103.5||103|
|Hoover High School||Excellent||Excellent||110.2||109.8|
|North Canton City School District||Excellent||Excellent||105.6||105.1|
DISTRICT AND INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL REPORT CARDS
- North Canton City School District Report Card
- Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center
- Clearmount Elementary Report Card
- Greentown Elementary Report Card
- Orchard Hill Elementary Report Card
- Northwood Elementary Report Card
- North Canton Middle School Report Card
- Hoover High School Report Card