Student Achievement Increases on Berea’s 2018 Local Report Card
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the 2018 local report card data. With a commitment to our community, the Berea City School showed measurable progress in multiple areas on the state report card data.
Recognizing that these results from the state tests do not paint the full picture, Superintendent, Mike Sheppard shared, “While we have celebrated our progress, we have also identified areas for improvement. Collectively, we will use this information to drive conversations on how we can better serve our students.”
He adds, “State testing results alone, nor any other singular metric can define our success or failure as a school district. Our core belief is that success is defined by whether learners are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an ever-changing world in the lives they live outside of school.”
In the six areas identified on the state report card, while we are not where we want to be, we have made measured growth in all areas.
Districtwide highlights include:
- We showed improvement on 15 of the 24 specific subject areas tested areas. This improvement reflects increased percentages of students attaining the proficiency standard grades three through high school;
- Notably, we showed improvement in all graduation end-of-course (EOC) assessments which include Algebra 1, Geometry, English 1, English 2, Biology, American History, and American Government;
- The Performance Index increased 4.2 points since 2015-2016, including a slight increase since last year;
- The District earned a B on the Gap Closing Measure and made measurable growth with significant gains over the last three years in all subgroups of students improved their proficiency rates in English language arts, and nearly all had improvements in math performance;
- All six schools in the District increased their letter grade on the Gap Closing component. This component shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for the most vulnerable populations of students in the areas of English language arts, math, and graduation;
- Brook Park Memorial Elementary, Brookview Elementary, Berea-Midpark Middle School and Berea-Midpark High School each earned a “B” grade on Gap Closing. Grindstone Elementary earned an “A” grade;
- Trend data over the past 6 year indicates that 90% of our students are meeting the four year graduation rate, 94% of our students are meeting the five year graduation rate. These rates have held steady;
- The District promotion rate for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is 98.7 percent. No third grade students were retained due to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee;
- Berea-Midpark High School showed improvement on many of the Prepared for Success measures, which assess the district’s performance on preparing students for college and career readiness. The areas of improvement included: ACT Remediation Free, SAT Remediation Free Score, Honors Diploma, Advanced Placement Participation, AP Exam Score of 3 or Better, Dual Enrollment Credit and International Baccalaureate Participation.
It is important for our community to know how Berea City School District is dedicated to inspiring lives of character, learning, leadership, and service. The Quality Profile illustrates how our district offers a comprehensive education to help students realize our vision. We know that a Berea City School District education encompasses so much more than what a student demonstrates on a standardized test. The state report card is just one source of information to consider when looking at the performance of a school district. Through Berea’s Quality Profile, we are sharing information about key areas of our school district and our goals for continued growth. This profile provides a glimpse of the full experience that is a Berea City School District education. Click here to read the 2018 -2019 Quality Profile.