TWINSBURG — For the second year in a row, the Nordonia Hills City Schools received a ‘B’ grade from the state.
The report cards issued by the state measure both districts and individual schools in six categories: achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation rate, K-3 literacy for at-risk students, and prepared for success indicators. For this year, the district received As for graduation rate and gap closing, a B for progress, a C for achievement, and Ds for improving at-risk K-3 readers and prepared for success.
In the 2017-18 school year, the Nordonia Hills City Schools received a B grade overall. The district received As in gap closing and graduation rate, a B for progress, Cs in achievement and improving at-risk K-3 readers, and a D for prepared for success.
Board President Tammy Strong said that overall, she was "satisfied with" the results.
"Our Overall Value-Added score was also a B," Strong said. "There are always areas that can be improved."
She added Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark will be "providing the board with a more detailed analysis of our district’s strengths and weaknesses over the next few weeks.
"We will then be able to review areas that need attention and discuss ways to help our students," she said.
Most Summit County school districts maintained their overall grades, with Coventry and Manchester improving their scores. Coventry moved from a D to a C and Manchester moved from a C to a B.
For the second year, Hudson was the only Summit County district to receive an overall A. Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Twinsburg City Schools earned overall B grades. Aurora and Solon earned overall A grades. Bedford City Schools earned an overall D district grade.
No Summit County district received a failing grade, which triggers state involvement. Three — Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls — earned a D.
Statewide, nearly 80 percent of districts received a C or higher.
Cuyahoga Falls was the only Summit County district to score lower than last year.
"We’ve certainly got to identify the root causes for the disappointing results," Superintendent Todd Nichols said.
His team was just starting to dig into the data, he said, and was encouraged by some of the school-level data. Silver Lake Elementary School earned a B overall. Five out of the nine schools in the district earned an A or a B for closing the achievement gap. But as a district, Cuyahoga Falls earned a D in gap closing.
This is the second year the state has given districts the overall letter grade, which critics argue overly simplifies a year’s worth of student achievement and doesn’t take into account the poverty level of a school’s student population.
Several districts, including Nordonia Hills, publish "Quality Profiles," which outlines district achievement in six categories including Academics, Arts, Parent and Community Involvement, Student Leadership and Activities, Student Services, and Fiscal Stewardship. Clark, the superintendent for the Nordonia Hills schools, said the report will be mailed to residents in the district and is on the website at www.nordoniaschools.org.
"We changed the format this year and are calling it Knightlights," Clark said.
Report cards for all school districts and individual school buildings can be found at reportcard.education.ohio.gov. The website also explains in detail what each category represents.
Reporter Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this story. April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC