The Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools are back at the very top.
The district received an "excellent with distinction" rating, the highest possible rating under the state’s system of ranking schools and districts, for the 2010-2011 school year. The state report cards were released Wednesday morning.
The district was rated “excellent” for the 2009-2010 school year and “excellent with distinction” for the two school years prior.
This year, the district met all 26 state indicators—percentage requirements for how well students perform on measures like state tests, as well as graduation and attendance rates—and earned a performance index of 108.4, up slightly from last year. The performance index measures student achievement on state tests, giving more weight to students who perform at an advanced or accelerated level.
The district was also found to be “above” on the value-added measure. The value-added score measures whether students in grades 4 through 8 in a school or district are learning a year’s worth of material in one school year in reading and math. Being “above” means that overall, students show more than one year’s growth in a school year. Getting an “above” rating for two years in a row raises a district from “excellent” to “excellent with distinction.”
Brecksville-Broadview Heights met or exceeded the value-added measure in every measured grade and subject except 7th-grade reading. It was below expected growth in that year and subject.
On a school level, five of the district’s six schools received an “excellent” rating. received an “excellent with distinction” rating, the highest in the district.
And all the schools but met the Adequate Yearly Progress measure, which measures how well subgroups of students, like those with disabilities, perform on tests and ensures that a proper percentage of the subgroup was tested.
To meet the proficiency standard, a certain percentage of the students in the subgroup have to be “proficient” on that particular measure. The high school failed to meet the proficiency standard for students with disabilities in math. Failing in one category means the school fails the entire measure.