Dear Fairview Park Families:
The Ohio Department of Education released the report cards for school districts for the 2017-18 school year on September 13, 2018. For the first time, districts have been assigned an overall letter grade, and in this case Fairview Park City Schools has been assigned a “C”. You can find detailed summaries of all areas reported on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.
For our individual schools:
Parkview Early Education Center earned an A
Gilles-Sweet Elementary earned a B
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School earned a B
Fairview High School earned a C.
We are proud to report that three of the six district component grades have increased from last year:
- Gap Closing has increased to an “A” up from F last year
The Gap Closing component shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for our most vulnerable populations of students in English language arts, math, and graduation. It also measures how schools are doing in helping English learners to become proficient in English.
- Graduation has increased to an “A” up from B last year
The Graduation Rate component looks at the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years.
- Achievement has increased to a “C” up from D last year
The Achievement Component represents whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall. A new indicator measures chronic absenteeism.
- Progress has stayed at a “D”
The Progress component looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.
For this component, the final grade was calculated on a three-year average so our growth (up 6%) was overshadowed by previous years’ grades. Had the value added scores been calculated on this year alone, the grade would have been an B.
- K-13 Literacy has stayed at a “C”
The K-3 Literacy component looks at how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond.
- Prepared for Success has decreased to a “D” from a C.
Whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college, the Prepared for Success component looks at how well prepared Ohio’s students are for all future opportunities.
Why the decrease? The grade scale for the Prepared for Success component increased this year, as the final shift in a three-year transition. For Fairview Park, our score increased by 3.9% yet dropped a letter grade.
It is also important to note that district’s Performance Index has increased by 3.104 points in the past two years.
The Performance Index is a composite measure reflecting the level of achievement for each student on each state test. The state average Performance Index only increased 2.6 points during the same time period.
We have observed dramatic increases in indicators met in middle school courses on the personalized learning platform (PLP) as evidenced by this Trend data from the Ohio Department of Education website.
We have also observed significant improvement in all high school courses on the platform, which include all of the courses below except American US Government (black line).
The Component Grades for several neighboring districts are listed on this Executive Summary. Although these districts may be geographically close, it is important to note that the communities differ significantly in a variety of relevant demographics.
Data for all school districts can be found here.
It is very important that the true quality of our schools is not only measured in test scores. There are many factors that contribute to the overall quality of a school district. Here are some highlights we are proud to share:
- Increased gifted and special education services
- Expanded AP programs and offerings
- Fairview High School voted a “Best High School” Silver Medalist from U.S. News and World Report
- The Parkview Early Education Center earned a 5-Star Step Up to Quality Rating from the Ohio Department of Education Job and Family Services
- Two students were named National Merit Commended Scholars (2018) and one National Merit Finalist in 2017.
- The district was named a Distinguished District for “Project Lead the Way” for STEM Programs
- Lewis F. Mayer Middle School and Fairview High School were both named a Cleveland Clinic “Banner School”
- Three recent graduates took first place in the Hyland Software Innovation Showdown
- The State Board of Education invited Fairview administrators to present on the Junior Experience and Senior Exit Interview process, featuring the Fairview Student Skills Profile
- Personalized, Project-Based Learning from K-12 was Showcased at the Innovation Challenge Student Showcase
- We continue to be a 1-to-1 technology district (11th year) with iPads for students K-5 and MacBooks for students in 6-12.
- Students in second grade at Gilles-Sweet Elementary partnered with Arconic Engineering to design prototype airplane propellers with their iPads and 3-D printers
- A partnership with NASA Glenn allows environment science students to learn about the Abram Creek watershed.
We are also proud of our students who have participated in a variety of Service Learning Opportunities over the past year:
- Students participated in the Because I said I would Student Chapter (featured on the Today Show in January 2018)
- Gilles-Sweet students collected over 2,500 welcome kit items for Laura’s Home Women’s Shelter
- Middle school students participated in the regional PenOhio competition at the College of Wooster
- Students were initiated into the inaugural International Thespian Society
- $1.9 million in scholarships were awarded to members of the graduating class of 2018
- 93% of graduating seniors reported they are going directly to college or enrolling in post-secondary training
I am incredibly proud of the hard work by all of our teachers, support staff and administrators who have driven these improvements over the past few years. It is through their outstanding commitment and focus that assures our students are achieving more every day and every year.
Our district vision is to be “A community united, empowering each other to learn different, care deeply, and aspire to excellence”. We have no doubt that with the continued support and participation of our community, there is no goal we can’t achieve.
Dr. Bill Wagner
Fairview Park City Schools