POMEROY — It’s been a long time coming, but the Ohio Department of Education has finally completed its investigation into attendance fraud by some school districts and has officially released the school report cards for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Preliminary data was released in August, the usual time for making it public, but the question of possible inaccurate figures, which required investigation, resulted in a delay before ratings became official. In the investigation, nine districts were found to have altered enrollment data. None of the schools in Meigs County were found to have any serious issues.
For the Meigs Local School District, the report shows a final overall rating of “effective” which means that the district met 18 out of the 26 indicators for proficiency as required by the Ohio Department of Education.
The 2012 performance index summary report for Meigs Local indicates an upward three-year trend in performance.
In 2010, the district had a rating of 88 percent. In 2011, the district report showed a performance rating of 91, and in 2012, the rating went to 92.2 out of a maximum performance index score of 120.
The state test scores for the grades three through 11, that are used for determining the overall rating, show the following grade level information:
Third grade: 84.8 percent proficient in reading; 87.2 percent in mathematics, with both meeting the state indicator of 75 percent.
Fourth grade: 75 percent in both reading and mathematics to meet the state indicator.
Fifth grade: 67.3 percent in reading, 56.2 percent in mathematics, and 60.8 percent in science, not meeting the state indicator of 75 percent
Sixth grade: 84.5 percent in reading, 75 percent in mathematics, meeting the state indicator.
Seventh grade: 77.5 percent in reading and 76.2 in mathematics, meeting the state indicator.
Eighth grade: 72.2 percent in reading, 73 percent in mathematics, and 60.7 percent in science, not meeting the indicator in any of the testing areas.
10th grade: 83.6 percent in reading, 889.6 percent in writing, 79.3 percent in math, 76.9 percent in social studies, all met; and 74.4 percent in science, which did not meet the state indicator of 75 percent.
11th grade: 95.7 percent in reading; 93.9 percent in writing, 91.3 percent in mathematics; 86 percent in social studies, and 89.5 percent in science, all meeting the 85 percent state indicator for that grade level.
The report shows that Meigs Local met 18 out of the 26 state indicators or requirements to achieve the final rating of effective.