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Springboro, OH

#31751 Jul 18, 2014
Reply wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr. Wiedeman,
If you are so unhappy with Springboro schools and the District, you do have other options available to you! You can send your children to private schools (and complain there), home school or send your children to another district that has 'open enrollment'.
BUT for the love of God get a life and stop tearing down our district and the incredible and dedicated teachers that we have.
This district has too many positive things going for it!
My children have received nothing but the best as far as teachers and their instruction and my children have the grades and test scores to prove it.
Stop with the rants - move on to something else that matters!
IF our incredible and dedicated teachers are so-o-o-o unhappy with the Respect they receive from Springboro taxpayers providing employment in our school district--a G-R-E-A-T place to live, learn, work, play sports, and pray it forward-- then why not stop tearing down our school district with their word of words against Springboro families; and just find themselves Secure employment contracts in other school districts FOR their love of more money? Wouldn't that be great?

Could it be that only wine and cheese grow better with Aging; while the constant Whining of
How Great We Are from old professional educators should possibly be thrown out; for failure to adapt to new reforms in budgeting for our children's education; with Priority of Living Within Our Means?
Truth That Hurts Kids

Springboro, OH

#31752 Jul 18, 2014
.....And their ongoing effort is to unseat this Board in November with a slate of pro-education candidates...

That's What Solidarity Looks Like submitted by Scott Maney, Springboro Education Association President, and Marla Bell, OEA/LRC
http://www.ohea.org/this-is-what-solidarity-l...

Stay Alert Voters - Our slate of pro-education, Anti-Children First,
SEA union controlled board majority members are now in full swing of their ongoing effort to protect Ron Malone's insane popularity by hiding the facts of his poor leadership performance as SHS principal, who ran the high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demanded. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.

Mr. Malone has proven that he can successfully run a 2 year campaign against our Children First and garner over 5000 votes to be elected second most popular board member in November 2013; however Mr. Malone cannot hide from his public record of past failures; inquiring minds are now asking IF insane popularity is enough in the Boro to garner enough votes among 10,000 plus households to pass a new levy for Springboro Education Association "payback" for SURE support,
silencing the voices of opposition to ONE community of union solidarity radical rule?
DATA ANALYSIS

Maineville, OH

#31753 Jul 18, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
To be considered a top tier student in the state of Ohio you need to score at least 72% on the Ohio Achievement Assessment test.
72% correct on the state math test is all it takes to become one of the top students in the state.
This is a basic 7th grade math test, there is no calculus, derivatives, trigonometry, or any other higher level of math on this test.
It comprises all of the material one would have expected a 7th grader to have learned up to that point in their education.
72% is all it takes to become a top student.
That bar is unacceptably low for this community.
From the Ohio Dept of Education:

Springboro 8th Grade OAA

Pct. Proficient of Above (includes Advanced and Accel population):

Reading: 96.4
Math: 93.2
Science: 86.1

Pct Advanced: Reading: 33.3
Math: 20.4
Science: 32.3

Pct Accel:
Reading: 36.3
Math: 35.1
Science: 23.1

Pct Proficient:
Reading: 26.9
Math: 37.7
Science: 30.7

Pct Basic:
Reading: 3
Math: 4.6
Science: 13.2

Pct Limited:
Reading: 0.6
Math: 2.2
Science: 0.8

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS - PRELIMINARY RESULTS
GRADE 8 - PUBLIC DISTRICTS
May 2014 TEST ADMINISTRATION

http://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/proficiency_re... ?
filename=SP14_OAA_Public_Schoo ls_Grade_8.csv&county=warr en&Go=Go

Proficient: Eighth grade students performing at the Proficient level use their fundamental
understanding of word structure, context clues and text structures to determine the
meaning of complex words. They typically show an overall understanding of literary
elements and informational features and structures.

Advanced: Eighth grade students performing at the Advanced level have a thorough
understanding of word structure, context clues, text structure and authorís style to
show a complete understanding of a variety of texts. They have a firm grasp of the
literary and informational techniques used by authors to communicate meaning and
can make sound judgments on the appropriateness of text

Accelerated:.Eighth grade students performing at the Accelerated level use their understanding of word structure, context clues, text structure and authorís style to show a complete understanding of a variety of texts. They show a complete understanding of literary
elements and informational features and structures.

Basic: Eighth grade students performing at the Basic level can generally define unknown or
compound words through contextual clues and can identify resources to define more
complex words. They demonstrate some understanding of textual information.

Limited: Eighth grade students performing at the Limited level struggle with, or are unable to
perform, simple reading tasks and do not yet have the skills identified at the Basic
level.

http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topic...

Understanding the definition of the terminology used and what you are actually measuring in the data analysis gives a more clear picture.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31754 Jul 18, 2014
PROFICIENT on the 8th grade math Ohio Achievement Assessment test in 2013 ranged from 35%-59% correct answers.

ACCELERATED on the 8th grade math OAA test in 2013 ranged from
61%- 78% correct answers

ADVANCED on the 8th grade math OAA test in 2013 ranged from
80%- 100% correct answers.

ITEM DISTRIBUTION

Items are distributed among three item formats on each form of the test according to the following guidelines:
ē Each of the five standards is assessed by multiple-choice items and at least one constructed-response item on every form of the test.
ē The number of points from constructed-response items will be no greater than 50% of the total points for the standard.

LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY OF QUESTIONS

Characteristics.......... of Points

Low...... Requires recall of facts and definitions or performing
routine, specified procedures.......... 25 - 35%

Moderate..... Requires some interpretation or multi-step problem
solutions......... 40 - 50%

High...... Requires analysis of or justifying reasoning and solution
for more complicated problem situations........ 15 - 25%

Students will be permitted access to scientific calculators during test administration.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31755 Jul 18, 2014
Want to debate the fact that in 2013 the 8th grade test results in math showed 263 students out of 386 that were not able to master 75% of the basic state math test?

In 2012 the number of 8th graders not able to master 75% of the test was
347 students out of 436 that year.

In 2011 the number of 8th graders not able to master 75% of the basic standardized math test administered by the state was 314 students out of 393 that year.

In 2010 the number of 8th graders not able to master 75% of the basic standardized math test administered by the state was 324 out of 408.

Who is failing here?

If we have the 40% gifted students in this school district that is so continually claimed, the the answer is clear.

The system is broke and no amount of money thrown at the problem will change the results until we have the courage to change the system.

Who among us actually believe that 70-80% of our children, year after year, are not able to grasp basic math concepts?

What will the 2014 Ohio Achievement Assessments reveal about our program of study?
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31756 Jul 18, 2014
DATA ANALYSIS wrote:
<quoted text>
From the Ohio Dept of Education:
Springboro 8th Grade OAA
Pct. Proficient of Above (includes Advanced and Accel population):
Reading: 96.4
Math: 93.2
Science: 86.1
Pct Advanced: Reading: 33.3
Math: 20.4
Science: 32.3
Pct Accel:
Reading: 36.3
Math: 35.1
Science: 23.1
Pct Proficient:
Reading: 26.9
Math: 37.7
Science: 30.7
Pct Basic:
Reading: 3
Math: 4.6
Science: 13.2
Pct Limited:
Reading: 0.6
Math: 2.2
Science: 0.8
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS - PRELIMINARY RESULTS
GRADE 8 - PUBLIC DISTRICTS
May 2014 TEST ADMINISTRATION
http://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/proficiency_re... ?
filename=SP14_OAA_Public_Schoo ls_Grade_8.csv&county=warr en&Go=Go
Proficient: Eighth grade students performing at the Proficient level use their fundamental
understanding of word structure, context clues and text structures to determine the
meaning of complex words. They typically show an overall understanding of literary
elements and informational features and structures.
Advanced: Eighth grade students performing at the Advanced level have a thorough
understanding of word structure, context clues, text structure and authorís style to
show a complete understanding of a variety of texts. They have a firm grasp of the
literary and informational techniques used by authors to communicate meaning and
can make sound judgments on the appropriateness of text
Accelerated:.Eighth grade students performing at the Accelerated level use their understanding of word structure, context clues, text structure and authorís style to show a complete understanding of a variety of texts. They show a complete understanding of literary
elements and informational features and structures.
Basic: Eighth grade students performing at the Basic level can generally define unknown or
compound words through contextual clues and can identify resources to define more
complex words. They demonstrate some understanding of textual information.
Limited: Eighth grade students performing at the Limited level struggle with, or are unable to
perform, simple reading tasks and do not yet have the skills identified at the Basic
level.
http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topic...
Understanding the definition of the terminology used and what you are actually measuring in the data analysis gives a more clear picture.
Check out this website link to discover how your child actually performed on the basic Ohio Achievement Assessment test.

This site breaks down the various grades and how many questions a child must get correctly to be included in what group. It provides the raw scores that match up with that baffling 3 digit score the state provides on the report they send to each child's home by grade and subject.

See for yourself what all of those numbers actually mean.

Fancy euphemisms for failure still represent failure.

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Stat...
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31758 Jul 18, 2014
Class of 2017

2010-2011 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

6th Grade 2010-2011 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......50 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 6th grade
.
Limited..........14 Students
Limited.......... 23% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -14 correct answers =(0-28% correct)
.
Basic..........13 Students
Basic ..........35% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--15 - 19 correct answers =(30-38% correct)
.
Proficient........83 Students
Proficient........50% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -20-28 correct answers =(40-56% correct)
.
Accelerated.....76 Students
Accelerated.....62% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--29 -33 correct answers =(58-66% correct)
.
Advanced........181 Students
Advanced........79% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--34 -50 correct answers =(68-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's grading system he used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......156 Students
Percentage of Students.....43% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......97 Students
Percentage of Students.....16% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........76 Students
Percentage of Students.....20% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........32 Students
Percentage of Students.....9% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....6 Students
Percentage of Students....2% receiving A

In 6th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 31%

FAILING 74% and below - 69%
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31759 Jul 18, 2014
Class of 2017

2011-2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

7th Grade 2011-2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......50 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 7th grade
.
Limited..........8 Students
Limited.......... 17% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -9 correct answers =(0-18% correct)
.
Basic..........33 Students
Basic ..........26% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--10 - 15 correct answers =(20-30% correct)
.
Proficient........137 Students
Proficient........48% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -16-29 correct answers =(32-58% correct)
.
Accelerated.....104 Students
Accelerated.....66% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--30 -36 correct answers =(60-72% correct)
.
Advanced........108 Students
Advanced........83% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -50 correct answers =(74-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's grading system he used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......211 Students
Percentage of Students.....54% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......79 Students
Percentage of Students.....20% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........56 Students
Percentage of Students.....14% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........36 Students
Percentage of Students.....9% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....9 Students
Percentage of Students....2% receiving A

In 7th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 26%

FAILING 74% and below - 74%
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31760 Jul 19, 2014
Class of 2017

2012-2013 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

8th Grade 2012-2013 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......46 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 8th grade
.
Limited..........8 Students
Limited.......... 19% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -10 correct answers =(0-20% correct)
.
Basic..........29 Students
Basic ..........29% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--11 - 15 correct answers =(22-33% correct)
.
Proficient........119 Students
Proficient........48% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -16-27 correct answers =(35-59% correct)
.
Accelerated.....146 Students
Accelerated.....70% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--28 -36 correct answers =(61-78% correct)
.
Advanced........93 Students
Advanced........87% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -50 correct answers =(80-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's grading system he used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......173 Students
Percentage of Students.....46% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......90 Students
Percentage of Students.....23% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........56 Students
Percentage of Students.....14% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........46 Students
Percentage of Students.....12% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....21 Students
Percentage of Students....5% receiving A

In 8th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 31%

FAILING 74% and below - 69%
DATA ANALYSIS

Maineville, OH

#31761 Jul 19, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
Check out this website link to discover how your child actually performed on the basic Ohio Achievement Assessment test.
This site breaks down the various grades and how many questions a child must get correctly to be included in what group. It provides the raw scores that match up with that baffling 3 digit score the state provides on the report they send to each child's home by grade and subject.
See for yourself what all of those numbers actually mean.
Fancy euphemisms for failure still represent failure.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Stat...
OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS
MAY 2013 ADMINISTRATION
STATISTICAL SUMMARY
This document provides a summary of information from the May 2013 administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) to students in grades three through eight. The statistics shown are computed from the entire population of Ohio public school students, including community school students, for each subject and grade tested.

The website link you provided only turned up the aggregate data from all the schools across the state of Ohio, including the charter schools. It would be difficult to determine an individual school's data based on this information. Is there a breakdown of school specific data located somewhere?
Just Asking

Springboro, OH

#31762 Jul 19, 2014
DATA ANALYSIS wrote:
<quoted text>
OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS
MAY 2013 ADMINISTRATION
STATISTICAL SUMMARY
This document provides a summary of information from the May 2013 administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) to students in grades three through eight. The statistics shown are computed from the entire population of Ohio public school students, including community school students, for each subject and grade tested.
The website link you provided only turned up the aggregate data from all the schools across the state of Ohio, including the charter schools. It would be difficult to determine an individual school's data based on this information. Is there a breakdown of school specific data located somewhere?
Anybody out there know what happened to Post #31757?

This blog discussion should offer free expression of differing opinions; but censorship of even ONE voice prevents open dialogue of this important school district issue.

Isn't it insanely hypocritical of some on this blog that think open dialogue exchanging differing ideas in this community should only take place in Todd Petrey's citizens for civic renewal meetings, which are strictly scripted in the direction of one future of union solidarity, ignoring the Many Voices of citizen's opposition to being overtaxed by our local government?
I doubt youll see this

Springboro, OH

#31763 Jul 19, 2014
Just Asking wrote:
<quoted text>
Anybody out there know what happened to Post #31757?
This blog discussion should offer free expression of differing opinions; but censorship of even ONE voice prevents open dialogue of this important school district issue.
Isn't it insanely hypocritical of some on this blog that think open dialogue exchanging differing ideas in this community should only take place in Todd Petrey's citizens for civic renewal meetings, which are strictly scripted in the direction of one future of union solidarity, ignoring the Many Voices of citizen's opposition to being overtaxed by our local government?
Over the past week or so, posts have been removed from this thread, and these removals have been anything but random. Quite obviously, this forum is no longer permitted to have open and free expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

But the bigger question remains....
Who, or what party from Springboro schools crawled into bed with topix?
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31765 Jul 19, 2014
DATA ANALYSIS wrote:
<quoted text>
OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS
MAY 2013 ADMINISTRATION
STATISTICAL SUMMARY
This document provides a summary of information from the May 2013 administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) to students in grades three through eight. The statistics shown are computed from the entire population of Ohio public school students, including community school students, for each subject and grade tested.
The website link you provided only turned up the aggregate data from all the schools across the state of Ohio, including the charter schools. It would be difficult to determine an individual school's data based on this information. Is there a breakdown of school specific data located somewhere?
Yes, the state of Ohio Department of Education also posts the results for each school district by county in their Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic and Limited categories.

Knowing the definitions for each test and each grade allow one to more accurately assess the information, thus one without the other provides a person with a less than accurate portrayal of our student educational attainment.

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio...

Click on the above link -> to the year in question -> Public District -> County

This information will tell you how many children in your school district took a given test.

From that you can multiply the percentage in each category to determine how many were Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic, and Limited.

Using the link for the statistical summary and item analysis of each test you will be able to define the number of answers our students got correct out of how many were on a given test to determine their actual score.

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Stat...

For example, the school year 2010-2011, a child in the 7th grade, who was rated PROFICIENT, needed to get 17-29 questions correct out of 50 total, that represents scoring 34-58% correct on the test.

In 2010-2011 our district had 120 kids out of 434 that fell in that category.

In the Accelerated category that same year a student need to get 30-36 questions out of 50 total correct, that represented 60-72% scoring on the test.

In 2010-2011 our district had 108 kids out of 434 that fell in that category.

The historical data presents an ongoing systemic trend downward in our math scoring. One has to remember that nothing on that test is not also in our text books. What we are witnessing is a failure of our system to produce the results the children need.

I do not believe our children are stupid and I do not believe all of our teachers are bad, what I do believe is that the program we have put together is ineffective and the ones who pay the ultimate price for repeating this folly are the children.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31766 Jul 19, 2014
Just Asking wrote:
<quoted text>
Anybody out there know what happened to Post #31757?
This blog discussion should offer free expression of differing opinions; but censorship of even ONE voice prevents open dialogue of this important school district issue.
Isn't it insanely hypocritical of some on this blog that think open dialogue exchanging differing ideas in this community should only take place in Todd Petrey's citizens for civic renewal meetings, which are strictly scripted in the direction of one future of union solidarity, ignoring the Many Voices of citizen's opposition to being overtaxed by our local government?
Most likely the same place the truth goes to die in Springboro, deleted by the union because it goes against their standard line of everything is beautiful and wonderful.

Look at posts #31758, 31759, and 31760 to witness the growth or lack thereof demonstrated by the Class of 2017 who are now about to enter their sophomore year.

The high school is only required to complete one state mandated test, the Ohio Graduation Test.
That is taken the spring of the student's sophomore year and consists of all of the material they should have learned through grade 9. Yes they get an extra year to prepare for the test.

This would be akin to the 7th graders taking the 6th grade test at the end of their 7th grade year.

I wonder how much better they would do on the test under those circumstances?

Would they be any more intelligent if we keeping making the test easier?
ditch digger

Dayton, OH

#31767 Jul 19, 2014
I doubt youll see this wrote:
<quoted text>
Over the past week or so, posts have been removed from this thread, and these removals have been anything but random. Quite obviously, this forum is no longer permitted to have open and free expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
But the bigger question remains....
Who, or what party from Springboro schools crawled into bed with topix?
the school unions/union backers of course, and probably like most media outlets, Topix is probably liberal, and liberals back unions like they were their firstborn...either that, or a bunch of them teamed up to "report" a post, and the sheer number of complains get the post deleted....with numbers, it's easy to manipulate the system...unions in general have been doing this for decades...ask the mayor, he'll tell you.
Worth Repeating

Springboro, OH

#31768 Jul 19, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
Want to debate the fact that in 2013 the 8th grade test results in math showed 263 students out of 386 that were not able to master 75% of the basic state math test?
In 2012 the number of 8th graders not able to master 75% of the test was
347 students out of 436 that year.
In 2011 the number of 8th graders not able to master 75% of the basic standardized math test administered by the state was 314 students out of 393 that year.
In 2010 the number of 8th graders not able to master 75% of the basic standardized math test administered by the state was 324 out of 408.
Who is failing here?
If we have the 40% gifted students in this school district that is so continually claimed, the the answer is clear.
The system is broke and no amount of money thrown at the problem will change the results until we have the courage to change the system.
Who among us actually believe that 70-80% of our children, year after year, are not able to grasp basic math concepts?
What will the 2014 Ohio Achievement Assessments reveal about our program of study?
"The system is broke and no amount of money thrown at the problem will change the results until we have the courage to change the system."

Elections come and go; and Facts can be distorted by biased reporting; but TRUTH never Changes and TRUTH always endures.

As ONE Springboro Parent (who is a former BOEpresident and Board Policy committee member) once said: we donít need more money; just more accountability. I think the board needs to listen to the taxpayers.

And thatís the TRUTH in a nutshell that the Springboro Education Association cannot handle and will always protest against, in their quest to rally our local government to overtax its citizens.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31769 Jul 19, 2014
DATA ANALYSIS wrote:
<quoted text>
OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS
MAY 2013 ADMINISTRATION
STATISTICAL SUMMARY
This document provides a summary of information from the May 2013 administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) to students in grades three through eight. The statistics shown are computed from the entire population of Ohio public school students, including community school students, for each subject and grade tested.
The website link you provided only turned up the aggregate data from all the schools across the state of Ohio, including the charter schools. It would be difficult to determine an individual school's data based on this information. Is there a breakdown of school specific data located somewhere?
A public record request to Ms. Stritenberger may well do the trick for the individual schools.
Worth Repeating

Springboro, OH

#31770 Jul 19, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
PROFICIENT still equals FAILURE
34-56% on a standardized 7th grade math test administered by the state of Ohio is not passing.
TRUTH never Fails - The System is Broken and the state of Ohio Department of Education maintaining status quo is not passing on to the next generation the hope and courage needed to raise the bar above the common core expectation of community college readiness for the "collective" ALL.
Worth Repeating

Springboro, OH

#31771 Jul 19, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, the state of Ohio Department of Education also posts the results for each school district by county in their Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic and Limited categories.
Knowing the definitions for each test and each grade allow one to more accurately assess the information, thus one without the other provides a person with a less than accurate portrayal of our student educational attainment.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio...
Click on the above link -> to the year in question -> Public District -> County
This information will tell you how many children in your school district took a given test.
From that you can multiply the percentage in each category to determine how many were Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic, and Limited.
Using the link for the statistical summary and item analysis of each test you will be able to define the number of answers our students got correct out of how many were on a given test to determine their actual score.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Stat...
For example, the school year 2010-2011, a child in the 7th grade, who was rated PROFICIENT, needed to get 17-29 questions correct out of 50 total, that represents scoring 34-58% correct on the test.
In 2010-2011 our district had 120 kids out of 434 that fell in that category.
In the Accelerated category that same year a student need to get 30-36 questions out of 50 total correct, that represented 60-72% scoring on the test.
In 2010-2011 our district had 108 kids out of 434 that fell in that category.
The historical data presents an ongoing systemic trend downward in our math scoring. One has to remember that nothing on that test is not also in our text books. What we are witnessing is a failure of our system to produce the results the children need.
I do not believe our children are stupid and I do not believe all of our teachers are bad, what I do believe is that the program we have put together is ineffective and the ones who pay the ultimate price for repeating this folly are the children.
Bringing Awareness to the community that our current school district leadership is now "doing it ALL for SURE" payback, which is not doing anything for our kids is
at least the first step toward Courage needed to change the system in our local school district. It is the Belief of some residents that our school district leaders are so lazy minded maintaining the state's status quo; that school districts are now being presented as
"victims" of state mandates with no funding for local schools who are then forced to impose a continuous stream of levies upon taxpaying homeowners, based on false budget crisis
created by stupidly wasting our school tax dollars.

We need to question our school superintendent as to why private citizens were appointed to influential Board policy and budget/finance committees; and why is the superintendent relying on the experience and expertise of these community members; instead of listening to the recommendations of our elected officials (who are accountable to their constituents, the Taxpayers who foot the big bill for that $5 million energy contract awarded to Tremco; whose employee is Todd Smith.) Todd Smith is Todd Petrey's special chosen appointee to the District Budget/Finance committee; and Todd Smith has been a long time opponent of our children first budgeting Vision of Reform; and long time pro-levy NFSS union activist.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31772 Jul 19, 2014
Ms. Stritenberger is a fine woman who means well and has the wherewithal to lead. She is not afraid to stand against the storm if she feels strongly about an issue. I myself have witnessed such determination on more than one occasion where she alone stood against a roomful of educators by asking the tough questions rather than the simplistic versions everyone else in the room seem perfectly happy to accept. I have seen her challenge assumptions by board members and defend her position with facts rather than emotion.

I fear Ms. Stritenberger is being buffeted by forces beyond her control and pay grade that are forcing us into an educational miasma they little understand nor wish to contemplate.

The first year test with Pearson's has not produced the results the district had hoped to see, yet their is immense pressure on Ms Stritenberger to go forth with a program that has produced negative results. I fail to see the rush to accept this program of studies when the full import of our first year of testing is less than incomplete.

Why do we not wait until the state releases the full test scoring results so that we may have time to digest their significance? What is the school administration afraid of discovering in those results? The results are public records and as such should be readily available for public perusal and discussion.

Let Ms. Stritenberger you know how difficult her job is, but also let her know that these are our children whose lives will be impacted by any rash rush to decisions.

Can we really afford to waste another year of our children's educations on an unproven fad just because it has the word technology linked to its program?

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