Nordonia Hills schools rated 'Excellent' in state report card

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Nordonia Hills — The school district has achieved an excellent rating on the 2011-12 state report cards, which the Ohio Department of Education released this morning.

“The district is proud of our work, but committed to working harder to improve student achievement,” Superintendent Joe Clark said in an email.

Clark previously said the district’s Value Added score, a measure of student achievement over the course of one year, is the reason the district was not rated “Excellent with Distinction.”

“We have known for a while that we will be ranked Excellent due to meeting Value Added instead of being Above Value Added,” Clark said.

He said meeting Value Added means students “showed a year’s worth of growth for the year they spent in school.”

“On the Performance Index ranking, Nordonia is ranked 115 out of 942 districts and fifth in Summit County,” Clark added. “On the Value Added rankings, Nordonia is 378 out of 832 districts and 11th in Summit County (not including charter schools). There are fewer Value Added districts because any charter school that only has high school students will not have a Value Added rating.”

For more on this story, see the March 6 issue.

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