CCS Continues To Progress Academically

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released 2008-2009 report cards, measuring the academic progress of every school and school district across the state. Columbus City Schools kept its rating of Continuous Improvement. Equivalent to a grade of “C”, this marks the third year CCS has maintained this designation.

“It is due to the hard work of the teachers of Columbus that the district has been able to maintain the rating of Continuous Improvement,” said CEA President Rhonda Johnson.

Student, Teacher Efforts Speak Loudly

CCS increased its students’ passage rate on 13 of the 28 state achievement tests administered in grades 3-11. District students also made more than a year of academic progress, according to the state’s value-added designation. Colerain ES and Indian Springs ES each maintained the highest ODE rating possible, “Excellent with Distinction” for the second straight year.

“Our teachers were able to make these accomplishments possible,” noted Johnson. “This is in spite of the cutbacks to staff, in spite of the shortening of the school day and in spite of increased class sizes.”

“We need to continue to move forward and give the taxpayers what they were promised,” continued President Johnson. “We must keep the levy promises of restoring the school day and reducing class size.”

New Contract To Improve Reading Intervention For ES Students

The recently ratified contract between the Columbus Education Association and the Columbus Board of Education reflects the teachers’ demand for more reading intervention for elementary students. Several years ago, elementary reading intervention positions were eliminated and subsequently changed to math and science specialist positions.

“CEA members strongly voiced their opinions in the negotiations process and made increasing primary reading intervention a bargaining priority,” stated Johnson. “As a result of the strong push of CEA members, we will have reading tutors to serve in the intervention role in the primary grades.”

Interactive Animations of District, State Data

Thanks to new Web 2.0 technology, The CEA Blog can dramatically illustrate gains made by district students and compare them to other entities, including the state as a whole. Please note that sadly, CCS filtering software prevents Google Motion Chart data from loading on a district computer.

Graduation Rate Motion Chart

Performance Index Motion Chart