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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Historic House Guy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2013 at 6:35pm
How about letting the kids take their books home to do their homework??? Think THAT might help just a little bit?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Perplexed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2013 at 1:14pm
I'm told that Steve Price supported the "planning experts" at city hall via the substantial increase of S8 Housing Choice Vouchers.  This mistake of all mistakes was intended to increase school enrollment as well as public education funding.  Any help on this?
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Ms. Andrew:

"The first letter grade for standards met is Vet's favorite, the old number of indicators reached out of 24. Middletown reached 8 this year, up from 6 last year. Again, no one is saying we are content with 8 but that is still improvement."

8 OUT OF 24 IS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT IF YOU WERE AT 10 OF 24 AT ONE TIME. IT IS TWO INDICATORS SHORT OF THE HIGHEST TO DATE. IN ACTUALITY, THE DISTRICT HAD REGRESSED 4 INDICATORS FROM THE PREVIOUS HIGH AND THEN IMPROVED BY 2. IT WAS A RELAPSE. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, GOING FROM 6 TO 8 AND CALLING IT AN IMPROVEMENT, WHEN THE NUMBER TO BEAT IS 10, IS MISLEADING INFORMATION. THIS DISTRICT HAS NEVER APPROACHED THE HALF WAY MARK IN INDICATORS MET. IT HAS TAKEN THIS LONG TO REACH TWO SHY OF THE HALFWAY MARK. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REACH ALL 24? OTHER POOR DISTRICTS HAVE FARED BETTER. IT WAS DECADES, BEFORE THE RAMPANT LOW INCOME/SECTION 8 ONSLAUGHT HAPPENED. THE DISTRICT DIDN'T FARE ANY BETTER BEFORE THE TOWN WAS INFECTED WITH ADDITIONAL LOW INCOME. AFTER DECADES OF NON-IMPROVEMENT COMPLACENCY, ISN'T IT TIME TO FIND A METHOD THAT WILL PRODUCE UPWARD IMPROVEMENT RATHER THAN TO KEEP USING THE SAME OLD REASONS FOR NOT PRODUCING RESULTS? CAN WE GET PAST THE "WE'RE A POOR COMMUNITY", "WE MUST DEAL WITH AN INFUSION OF LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS THAT DON'T VALUE EDUCATION" AND "WE'RE DEALING WITH A TOTALLY DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHIC THAN MOST DISTRICTS ARE" COMMENTS AND ADJUST THE METHODS TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF EDUCATING THE QUALITY OF KID WE ARE GIVEN TO MEET THESE GOALS? ADAPT TO WHAT YOU ARE GIVEN TO WORK WITH. MANY DO. HAMILTON IS DOING BETTER AND THEY ARE SIMILAR IN DEMOGRAPHICS, RIGHT? HOW ABOUT FRANKLIN'S DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT. SIMILAR DEMOGRAPHICS ALSO. WHAT ARE THEY DOING THAT MIDDLETOWN IS NOT?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stanky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2013 at 11:35am
Originally posted by ohiostorm ohiostorm wrote:

While bringing up the grade from a 40% to a 50% is an improvement it is still flunking.  Failure is Failure. And the Central Academy scores are particularly disturbing. Maybe it is time to save the school system some money and close Central.


ohiostorm, leave poor Central alone. That special school has it's own approach and follows a model of letting kids learn at their own pace and in their own way. Don't rush them or expect too much! ;-0
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vivian Moon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2013 at 11:23am

I’m also disappointed with the scores of our elementary schools.
However I’m also disappointed as I stand in line at the library and see bags and bags of children’s movies being checked out and not one book for these young children to read.
How do we get these parents to UNPLUG the TV and TURN OFF the cell phones and curl up on the sofa with their child and read a book with them?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ohiostorm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2013 at 11:15am
While bringing up the grade from a 40% to a 50% is an improvement it is still flunking.  Failure is Failure. And the Central Academy scores are particularly disturbing. Maybe it is time to save the school system some money and close Central.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ktf1179 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2013 at 9:40am
If you get the Performance index of the schools up to a B. Then I will support the new school. Because once people see a clear improvement in the school, then hopefully people that will begin to move back to Middletown, because school performance is a Major factor when deciding where to move. I hope the Students, Teachers and Parents will rise to this challenge and prove the State and the region that Middletown can be a good school system once again.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bumper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2013 at 9:01am
Among Middletown’s letter grades were three “F’s,” three “C’s” and an “A.The Middletown and New Miami districts received an “F” for meeting less than half of the possible 24 indicators,.”wow that's really bad & sad Confused if I would have brought home any F's or D's on my report card, Dad would take away my $2.00 a week allowance and my weekend fun at the skating rink, or any other kind of fun untill the next report card a least showed  C's extra 5 bucks for a B and 10 bucks for an A and oooboy I did my best to keep everything at a C LOL.. that 2 bucks meant alot!! mom would always give me a little moreBig smile.. ok now back to the F's,throwing $$$ for New schools won't change a thing, IMO... now like many back in the day it was sometimes cold in class and the many days of taking test and sweating like a thief in church and I still at least made C"s even took summer school once for more credit and sweating like krazy.. so now gotta ask who's doing all the sleeping in class kids or teachers??
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While the letter grades are a new thing, the underlying measures that these grades are based on (at least the ones put out this year) are the same measures that have been on state-generated district report card for years.  So, you can compare and see that Middletown has improved from last year. 
No one is happy with the achievement levels, but we have improvement plans in place that are reviewed each year, and we have been seeing steady improvement for at least 3-4 years. That is why Middletown earned an A in value added growth.  We have been above value added for the last three years in a row.  That means that students in Middletown City schools are learning more than a year's worth each year.  To me, this is the most important grade on the report card, because it shows how well a district is doing in actually improving a student's academic success, rather than just reflect the socio-economic background of the students who walk through its doors. (A news release yesterday from OSBA and OASBO stated that there was a high correlation between test scores for Ohio school districts and the income/poverty levels of the student body).
 
Middletown's Performance Index rose again, about a point from last year.  It remains a C (Continuous Improvement last year), but it is moving in the right direction.  The Performance Index measures all scores on all tested subjects, and gives weight to which of the 5 levels (Basic, Limited, Proficient, Accelerated, Advanced) a student scores, not just whether or not they passed.  So, it looks at the achievement of all students, not just the ones hovering above or below just passing.
 
The first letter grade for standards met is Vet's favorite, the old number of indicators reached out of 24.  Middletown reached 8 this year, up from 6 last year. Again, no one is saying we are content with 8 but that is still improvement. On almost every indicator, the percentage of students passing rose, but if you don't hit the magic (arbitrary) 75% district-wide, you don't earn the indicator.  The higher percentage passing does show up indirectly in the Performance Index and the Value Added Growth factors.
 
The 4 year and 5 year graduation rates also rose from last year -- I don't have the numbers in front of me, but by several percentage points. This is something the district is really working hard to increase, identifying kids at risk of dropping out (or not passing the OGTs) early and getting them extra help. 
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Here is a link that lists all the Dayton area counties and scores
http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/education/state-releases-report-cards-area-schools/nZZGj/
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Disappointing
Obviously we have a lot of work to do, and I think that we have a good team to bring on improvement.
And they could use a lot of outside help from parents and role models. Let's hope that it happens!
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Sad even Franklin did way better than Middletown.

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SchoolDistrictCountyAscendingStandards metPerformance indexOverall Value-Added 
Anthony Wayne Elementary SchoolFranklin CityWarrenDCCDetails   
Franklin High SchoolFranklin CityWarrenABNRDetails   
Franklin Junior High SchoolFranklin CityWarrenDCFDetails   
George H Gerke Elementary SchoolFranklin CityWarrenDBCDetails   
Hampton Bennett Early Childhood CenterFranklin CityWarrenNRNRNRDetails   
Hunter Elementary SchoolFranklin CityWarrenABCDetails   
Pennyroyal Elementary SchoolFranklin CityWarrenBCCDetails   
William C Schenck Elementary SchoolFranklin CityWarrenDBADetails   
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Based on this chart, it appears that all the so-called "negative" claims made by me and other school critics have been substantiated. Yes, indeed, with data provided, we have information which may be indefensible. Clicking on the details, I like the explanations given for this new grading criteria for each category. A maze created by mega-wizards for the purpose of confusion. How does one sit and think up this nonsense anyway? Guess they have to make up a conglomeration of crap to mask the real performance of a given district. What ever happened to just one grading system, understood by everyone and very user friendly? Wasn't hard to see at a glance......A's and B's are good......C is average (but can't you do a little better), D's are not acceptable but yet not failing at the moment and F's are bad news. Kinda simple. Why all the other rating scales to confuse the issues? Appears to be too many college educated eggheads trying to put their scent on something......and failing miserably.

What say you chmoore1? There's the data.
I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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Amanda Elementary SchoolMiddletown CityButlerFDADetails   
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