July 24, 2014

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Lorain schools improved in 18 of 24 categories on state report card, superintendent says

LORAIN — Meeting or exceeding standards in four of 24 categories on the state report card might not sound like a success story, but Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said district students and their parents should be proud.

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Atkinson said Wednesday the statistics — which won’t be officially released by the state until next month — are an improvement over the 2009-10 school year when just one out of the 24 categories was met or exceeded by the district.

Atkinson said students improved in 18 out of the 24 categories compared to last year, something teachers should be particularly proud of, given the obstacles they face. She noted about 80 percent of pre-kindergarten children don’t score ready for kindergarten on state tests.

“We understand we have to get them caught up,” she said. “The gap between birth and 5 is huge.”

Atkinson said the high-poverty district is also hampered by a highly transient school population, meaning that many teachers don’t have the luxury of continuity.

Atkinson said the district is doing a better job of tracking academic progress and getting students at risk of dropping out back on track.

“The journey is, ‘What do we produce by the 12th grade?’ ” she said. “By the time they leave us, they should be ready for the world of work, success and college.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.