STOW — The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools has several plans in the works to improve the district's result on the state report cards, which were released earlier this month, said Superintendent Tom Bratten.
"The report card is basically what we anticipated it would be, as it was basically the same as last year, and is the very reason that we have moved to restructuring things curricularly in the way that we have moving forward.," Bratten said. "We never want to define our students nor our teachers on one thing or assessment because we are much more than that. But we do need to use the results as an instructional tool for improvement.
"We can always, and we need to do better at attacking these issues and we will be doing just that. Our students deserve our best and having new curriculum facilitators at each level and breaking up the supervisory roles into two positions — K through sixth, and seventh through 12th — will help to provide better and more detailed focus to improvement at each grade level. We know where we are and where we want to be and will be putting our resources into getting there."
The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools received an overall district grade of C for the 2018-19 school year. It received As in gap closing and graduation rate, a C in improving at-risk K-3 readers, a D in prepared for success and for achievement, and an F in progress.
In the 2017-18 school year, the Stow-Munroe Falls schools received a C for overall district grade. It received an A for graduation rate, a B for gap closing, C grades in achievement and improving at-risk K-3 readers, and an F in progress.
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.
Improvements in the district would include curriculum changes for some grades and analyzing the data, Bratten said.This includes:
• Meeting with both Kimpton and HS facilitators, which included sharing testing data to analyze trends in the Achievement portion and GAP closing.
• Plan across the curriculum to help students in reading and math. "Science and social studies teachers will collaborate with math and ELA teachers on 2-hour delay day to target strategies for students to get data on," Bratten said.
• Third and fourth grade Fountas and Pinnell, a new curriculum, will be implemented, with training next week. "We were proactive with using the eight-week implementation guides to support teachers in the Fountas and Pinnell roll-out," Bratten said.
• Five Coaching Days have been added for the month of September for ELA at each building to work with teachers prior to the work day and during the work day to support them with the implementation of the new curriculum.
• Lakeview will have a recalibration training for the units writing of study by Lucy Calkins. This is scheduled for late October.
For the second year, Hudson was the only Summit County district to receive an overall A. While Nordonia Hills City Schools earned a B, Aurora and Solon earned overall A grades.
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.
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.
In response, many school districts, including the Stow-Munroe Falls schools, have prepared "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.
Visit http://smfschools.org/about-us/quality-profile to access Stow-Munroe Fall's profile.
Reporter Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this story. April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC