By DAVID GREEN
Academic success in the Fayette school district reached a new level in the past year as students and teachers earned an “excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education.
It’s not a shortcut to call it the Fayette Local School District. Board of education members voted unanimously Aug. 26 to drop the word “Gorham” from the title.
The number of state standards met in last year’s testing was the greatest number ever recorded for Fayette. Twenty-seven of 30 grade/subject criteria were met. Only the fifth grade reading, mathematics and social studies scores fell below the required 75 percent level required for proficiency. However, 88 percent of the fifth graders were proficient in science.
In many areas, proficiency levels were in the 90 percent range, and in the 11th grade, all students tested were proficient in all five areas.
Fayette fell just out of the “excellent” range in state indicators met (90 percent out of the required 94), but the district received a boost through the new “value-added rating.” This analysis determines whether “above expected growth” occurred in two consecutive years. Since Fayette exceeded expected growth, the overall rating improved to “excellent.”
The value-added rating looks to see if higher achieving students are continuing to grow, said school superintendent Russell Griggs, and if lower achieving students are making progress even if they aren’t meeting proficiency standards.
“The students and staff have worked hard to make the required annual yearly progress growth and value-added requirements,” Griggs said. “In addition, the students achieved more of the state standards than ever before in district history.
“The alignment of the curriculum and identification of individual needs of students, combined with the excellent instruction and support of intervention staff have resulted in these gains. We are proud of the students, staff and parents in supporting the goal of higher academic achievement at Fayette Local Schools.”
An attendance rate of 95.8 percent exceeded the state standard of 93 percent. The graduation rate of 95.3 percent exceeded the state standard of 90 percent.
Statewide, the number of schools achieving “excellent” status reached an all-time high as districts continue to work toward to meet the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.