Statement from PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D. regarding State Report Card
September 12, 2019
Hello Parma City Schools Community,
We have exciting news to report to you regarding the Ohio Department of Education’s release today of our School Report Card. Through the dedication and talent of our administrators, teachers, support staff, and, most importantly, families and students, we improved our overall district letter grade to a “C.” We will continue to strive for improvement, but we also must acknowledge that earning a “C” places us in strong company with neighboring districts such as Berea, Brooklyn, Brunswick, and North Olmsted.
There are many individual highlights to share beyond our overall grade improvement. Specifically:
Our Four-Year Graduation Rate improved for the third consecutive year (85.5 in 2015-16 to 88.7 now).
Our Performance Index (a compilation of all test scores across all levels) also improved for the third consecutive year (81.2 in 2015-16 to 84.6 now).
Five schools earned overall grades of “B”, including John Muir, who improved their letter grade by two full marks! The others receiving a “B” were
Dentzler, Green Valley, Hillside, and Ridge-Brook.
Renwood and Normandy increased their overall grade by one letter.
Multiple schools earned A’s in one or more of their component grades:
Dentzler: Overall Value-Added, Gap Closing
Green Valley: Gap Closing
Hillside: Gap Closing
John Muir: Gap Closing
Normandy: Graduation Component
Ridge-Brook: Gap Closing
In addition to the successes detailed on our district report card, we are also very proud of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Our overall CTE grade is a “B” and we earned an “A” on the Post-Program Outcomes measure. Congratulations to all of our CTE staff members and students!
It remains dangerous to use only statistical analysis to measure the success of our schools. Component grades are confusing and trends seem to swing wildly from year to year. The document that explains the calculation for value-added scores, for example, is 20 pages thick of complex mathematical equations. Thus, we are very pleased by our progress but also recall the passage posted on the very home page of the State Report Card website: “Report Cards are only one part of the story. To get a fuller picture, we encourage you to visit schools, talk to educators, parents, and students, and review the school’s or district’s webpage. A lot of great things are happening every day in Ohio’s schools!”
We invite you into our schools to gain a better understanding of the excellent education we provide, and, as we continue to believe - the best is yet to come!
Charles Smialek, Ph.D. Superintendent, Parma City School District