April 24, 2014

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Elyria schools optimistic about rankings

ELYRIA – The news is not official as of yet, but word coming out of Elyria Schools is this year’s state report card will be one of the best ones yet.

The reports, which generally are released in late August, will not be made public until at least sometime in the fall due to an investigation into the controversial attendance reporting practices of three Ohio school districts. But preliminary data for Elyria Schools is showing the district has met and exceeded 17 out of the 26 indicators the state uses to gauge academic achievement.

The last time report cards were released in 2011 the district met just 15 indicators and earned a rating of “effective”. It is unknown at this time if the boost will garner the district the coveted rating of “excellent”, but Superintendent Paul Rigda, who gave district employees the good news Monday, said he is hopeful.

Rigda said Elyria High School and Prospect Elementary School met all of its building academic indicators this year. Both schools were rated as “effective” on the last report card. It is unknown at this time if the rankings will go up although it is suspected that both will be labeled as “excellent.”

Other district high notes include district wide improvement in science and fifth grade improvement in all areas.
John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education, said until the report cards are released, local school officials will not have access to the official reports or rankings.

See Saturday’s Chronicle for more on this story.