Fayette school board 4.30

Written by David Green.

A different way of looking at Ohio Achievement Test data looks good to Fayette elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer.

Dr. Boyer  showed the results of the “value-added” analysis to board of education members April 21.

Rather than showing the actual achievement scores, the value added approach shows the progress made from one year to the next. While achievement scores focus on a different group of students each year, the value added approach tracks the same students as they move from one class to another.

Overall, Fayette showed expected or greater gains in seven of 10 categories. Gains  were especially impressive in mathematics greater-than-expected gains were shown in four of five grades. Among the county’s seven school districts, only Swanton showed the same amount of progress.

An analysis by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center indicated that a more rigorous curriculum may be needed for the upper students in fourth and sixth grades. Enrichment activities could offer a greater challenge.

In reading, expected for above gain were shown in two of the five grades, however, below-standard growth in the seventh and eighth grades was a state-wide trend, and all Fulton County districts faltered.

Once again, it was noted that challenging activities could benefit the more able students.

“We still have some work to do at a couple of grade levels,” Dr. Boyer told the board.

She also said she was a little cautious of the results since this is the first year that value-added scores have been discussed...

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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