Just over three years ago, the ODE mandated Monroeville Local Schools mail a letter to parents of students It contained a notice indicating the district's “assigned state academic designation” from the state. The school was required to notify students, parents and guardians that based on student test results from 2012-13 and 2013-14, the district’s designation was a “moderate D/F,” with Monroeville Elementary School designated as a “watch school.”
“These designations were a result of poor academic performance by Monroeville students on required state testing,” Superintendent Ralph Moore explained. “It was further stated that the earliest the school district and elementary school could move out of the ‘moderate D/F’ and ‘watch school’ designations would be 2017-18.”
The new designations originally were scheduled to be determined in 2017, but were delayed because of changes in the state-testing process, Moore said.
After diligent efforts, the district was able to surpass the requirements and improve its standing with the 2017-’18 school year.
On Thursday, Moore announced the district received the new high school and elementary school designation from the ODE. Both the elementary and high schools received an “independent” designation, the highest a school can receive.
According to the ODE, an independent designation is defined as: “a building or district receives the most flexibility and the least amount of oversight from the Ohio Department of Education.”
“Once again the designation assigned to Monroeville is based on student academic performance on state mandated testing,” Moore said.
“The positive change in academic designation for Monroeville Local Schools is a result of the hard work and effort put forth over the past three years by teachers, students, support staff, building administrators and a supportive local board of education. It is safe to say that that community support has been a determining factor in the improvement of the academic designation as well.”
The superintendent said he’s not content to relax the district’s continued dedication to education though.
“As superintendent, I want to reaffirm that as positive as the news from ODE is, our district is not satisfied and will continue to work to improve the quality of academic opportunities and performance by our students,” Moore said.
“I have stated many times before the future of Monroeville Local Schools is very bright and will remain so as long as our teachers are supported by the community and put in a position to grow professionally while being provided the resources necessary to do so.”
According to the ODE, schools are given four subgroups the department focuses on: English learners, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged and gifted students.
“To be identified, a subgroup must show it failed to make satisfactory achievement and failed to make satisfactory progress with at least one of its funded subgroups,” according to the ODE website. “If the subgroup (is) made either satisfactory achievement or satisfactory progress, it is not identified as a Watch school/district.
Currently every public school building in the state of Ohio receives one of the following ratings from lowest to highest. Those ratings are:
• Priority school (lowest designation)
• Focus school
* Watch school
* Independent (highest designation)