Please take a look at our Quality Profile to see a year in review from 2018-2019. We are thankful to our community and parents who support our work and help provide so many opportunities for our students.
Our Community Survey is also available through November 3.
Dear Buckeye Parents and Community Members,
On September 12, the Ohio Department of Education released state report cards for districts across Ohio. These reports continue to remain a “snapshot” of Buckeye Local Schools presenting various data points in a letter graded format. Each year when this data is made available, we review it closely looking for trends that indicate areas of strength and areas for improvement. This analysis includes diving deeply into how the scores are calculated and what the letter grades mean both immediately as well as over time.
Although we always strive for “A” letter grades and any “D” or “F” grades feel disappointing, we continue to be proud of the efforts of our entire staff and their willingness to work hard towards meeting students’ academic and emotional needs. Since 2015, our District Leadership Team (DLT) made up of teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and administrators from every building and central office, has focused on improving our continuum of services, and we see this intense focus in our report card as Students with Disabilities rose from a “D” to a “C” (equivalent to one year of growth) at the district level. This is also reflected in our Gap Closing component, which measures performance of subgroup populations. This grade remained a “B”, but rose from 84% to 88%.
We are also very proud of our Prepared for Success data although the letter grade remained a “D”. The percent of students who were remediation free on the SAT improved from 1.5% to 19.10%; our AP participation nearly doubled from 13.9% in 2018 to 24.1% in 2019, and their scores also almost doubled from 4.9% of students receiving a 3 or better to 8.3%. Our dual enrollment credit also increased significantly from 17.8% in 2017 to 30.8% in 2018 to 41.5% in 2019. Not reflected on the report card is the 1,528 college credits earned at Cuyahoga Community College in 2018-2019 by 153 Buckeye students with 99% of those students receiving a “C” or above in the course.
Work continues this year to ensure high-quality academic programs for all students. The achievement section on the report card indicates the percentage of our students who are passing their tests, chronic absenteeism, and the percent of students improving their scores on the high school end of course tests. Our 2019 achievement grade remained a “C”, but our indicators met decreased from a “D” (12 out of 24 indicators) to an “F” (10 out of 24 indicators); however, we saw increases in 13 out of 24 areas.
This year, we are using new curricula in K-10 math and 4-8 English, and we have worked with teachers to better understand those standards with which our students have tended to struggle over time. Also, our DLT recently revised its 5-year goals to include the following: 1) Support the whole child both academically and in their social emotional development, and 2) Use data to drive instruction. We will keep improving our opportunities for all students. Although this work is critical to improving our instruction, we continue to believe our students’ accomplishments go beyond what is represented on the state report card. Please take a look at our Quality Profile to see a year in review from 2018-2019. We are thankful to our community and parents who support our work and help provide so many opportunities for our students.
If you have questions or comments or would like to review any aspects of our district data in more detail, please feel free to contact us. Our Community Survey is also available through November 3.
Kent J. Morgan Dr. Christina Collins
Superintendent Curriculum Director