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‘Value Added’ to cost South Range ranking

October 17, 2012
Morning Journal News

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- South Range Local schools could drop to an effective rating on its local report card despite maintaining its excellent performance standards, according to schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham.

At the regular school board meeting Monday night, Dunham reported that preliminary results of the Ohio Department of Education's local report card indicates that the district will drop a level from Excellent to Effective after missing the Value Added measure for the third consecutive year.

According to Shari Lewis, the district's director of curriculum and special education, Value Added measures the individual performance growth of students each year, primarily in math and reading. If a student scores at a certain level one year, they must score at that level the following year to maintain expected growth. At South Range, high performing students are fluctuating, meaning they are advanced one year and proficient the next, she explained.

Although expressing some disappointment at the probable designation, Dunham assured the board members and public that the ranking is not indicative of the education students are receiving. He said the preliminary report shows that the school is still excellent, passing all 26 indicators while earning a 105.5 performance index, higher than last year, with students passing tests at the same rate; but since it has failed to meet expected growth for three consecutive years it has dropped.

"It's very complicated, because you can be performing at a higher level than [another district] but get a lower ranking," Dunham said.

Delayed due to manipulation of attendance records by some districts, the local report card results are expected to be released today.

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