Lorain city schools improved this year on the annual state of Ohio report card. That is relevant because the DeKalb County school board has chosen the superintendent there to lead its system. (Cheryl Atkinson comes here Saturday to meet parents.)
In an interview with the local paper on the about-to-be-released scorecard, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said, “We’re not perfect. But we’re a lot better.”
While the report card will not officially be released until Wednesday, a preview showed the district passed four of 24 tested categories and improved scores in 18 of the 24 tested areas. “This officially moves us from academic watch to continuous improvement,” Atkinson said.
The report showed that Lorain High School had a graduation rate of 80.7 percent, after hitting 84.7 percent in 2010. Lorain High School and Admiral King Elementary were both rated as effective in the report.
For the past two years, the Lorain City Schools have been listed under Academic Watch on the state report card. The department rates districts across the state as excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency.
The district also met one standard for the very first time. “This is the first year the district met the attendance record,” she said.
With the rise in attendance across the board, the test scores for grades three through 11 all went up for the most part.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog