Lisa Roberson The Chronicle-Telegram
ELYRIA — Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda doesn’t view a second year of being ranked in the continuous improvement category as a bad thing.
From the youngest student to the oldest, this year’s district report card has many things in which Elyria parents should be proud, he said.
“We had a taste of what it’s like to be effective two years ago and I can say we are knocking on the door again,” Rigda said. “We are so close it’s both exciting and frustrating. We just missed effective by one AYP sub-group and two-tenths of a percentage point.”
Based on preliminary test scores, school officials had known for several weeks that the district could again receive the mid-level ranking when the Ohio Department of Education officially released the 2007-08 report card rankings today.
However, Rigda said that within the massive amount of information lies proof of the district’s strengths.
“This is not bad news,” he said. “We are on the high end of continuous improvement, and I tell parents that they should keep working with us and being the great partners in education that they are.”
Last school year, all but one sub-group measured for annual yearly progress (AYP) met federal and state standards. Special-needs students are the only sub-group that did not meet AYP.
Elyria High School, which also has a building designation of continuous improvement, met seven out of 10 possible academic indicators, including for the first time ever having a graduation rate above 90 percent.
Both Northwood and Eastern Heights junior high schools met five out of seven academic indicators; and McKinley, one of the district’s oldest schools, met enough academic indicators to become the first school in the district to hold the top designation of excellent.
Some areas of obvious improvement include reading tests scores in the elementary grades, science test scores across all grade levels, social studies and science test scores in elementary and junior high grades, and fifth-grade math tests.