Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 10-17-17

OCTOBER 17, 2017

  • State report card analysis: part 2

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon, Treasurer Scott Gainer, and Allison Byrd of educational services. The meeting was called to order at 7:20 p.m. and was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

State report card data analysis: part two

[Presentation of the report card data was begun at the Sept. 19 board meeting.]

Allison Byrd, director of data, research and assessment, gave a slide presentation on the final three components of the state report card data. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights district has internal grade and classroom assessments that include working with the "whole" student in academics and arts. External assessments are state testing and the report cards, which don't assess the whole student. The state report card, released Sept. 14, has six components: gap closing, progress, K–3 literacy, achievement, graduation rate, and prepared for success. Each component has 10 measures. Byrd discussed the achievement, graduation rate, and prepared-for-success components and compared district results to state, Cuyahoga County, and first-ring school districts (Bedford, Berea, Brooklyn, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Maple Heights, Parma, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid-Lyndhurst and Warrensville Heights).

The district received a "D" for achievement, as did 51 percent of districts in the state and 50 percent of first-ring districts. The district has addressed this grade by adopting proper materials, having more grade-level meetings, and having school visits with education service teams. For the measure “math expressions,” 76.8 percent of first-graders and 68.7 percent of fourth-graders showed mastery.

Based on the graduation class cohort model, which describes how many ninth-graders enter the system and graduate, the district was rated as “F” in the “prepared for success” component as [did] 15 percent of state districts and 50 percent of first-ring districts. The criteria for success are honors diplomas, remediation-free scores on ACT or SAT, advanced placement, dual enrollment and International Baccalaureate program, and industry credentials like career tech. The district is addressing this grade by encouraging students to earn high school and college credit through many career tech options and taking courses at colleges such as John Carroll University.

The district earned a "C" on the graduation rate component as [did] 10 percent of districts in the state and 31 percent of first-ring districts. To address this deficiency, the district has developed a five-year strategic plan to collect data and identify strategies of feedback, focusing resources, and exploring college readiness. They are monitoring key data points like credits earned, test performance, and attendance. The middle school to high school transition program and educational options program at the Delisle Options Center are also in place.

[A PDF of this work session presentation can be found at ($file/BOE%20Work%20Session_10.17.17.pdf), or on the Board Docs page of the district website, click on the meeting and then on "View the agenda."]

LWV Observer: Lillian Houser.

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