Academic Performance

Pickerington Schools rely on a variety of data and indicators to gauge our performance and progress. We use this information to evolve our curriculum and teaching methods to ensure Pickerington students are receiving an engaging, innovative and holistic education that prepares them to become responsible, productive citizens.

State Report Cards

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Each year the State of Ohio releases detailed report cards for every school district in the state, as well as for individual schools. These report cards cover a variety of measures, ranging from performance and progress on a variety of academic standards to demographic and other data. And explanation about the report cards can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website.

An explanation of the information contained with state report cards can be found in this ODE report and this ODE publication.

In its most recent report card (2014-15), Pickerington Schools earned a Performance Index Score of 95.2 and met 28 out of 33 state indicators. When students who did not take state assessments in 2015 are not included in the state’s calculations, the district’s Performance Index Score rises to 96.9, which is a “B” on the report card.

The Performance Index is a measure that awards the achievement of every student tested, not just those who score at proficient or higher levels. The higher the achievement level, the more points awarded in the Performance Index rating.

The state also reports a “value added” score for each district. This is a indicator of how much progress students in a given district made as a whole from one year to the next. Pickerington Schools earned an “A” in this category in 2014-15.

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Detailed information about the state’s report cards for the district and individual buildings can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

Key Indicators

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For the 2013-2014 Ohio Department of Education Report Card, Pickerington Schools earned a Performance Index Score of 102.3 and met 20 out of 24 state indicators. This is a “B” on the State’s Report Card.

The Performance Index is a measure that awards the achievement of every student tested, not just those who score at proficient or higher levels. There are six levels on the index. Districts receive points for every student in each of these levels. The higher the achievement level, the more points awarded in the Performance Index rating. The Performance Index rewards districts for improving performance.

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“Indicators Met” measures the percent of students who have passed state tests. Test results are reported for each student in a grade and subject. At least 80 percent of students must pass to get credit for the indicator.

In 2013-14, Pickerington Schools achieved 20 out of 24 key indicators on the report card. This is a “B” on the State’s Report Card.

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The district received an “A” on the State’s Report Card for the percent of our graduates who complete their high school education in four and five years. The state average is 82.2% for four-year completion and 83.8 percent for five-year completion.

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 95.4%
This applies to Class of 2012 who graduated within four years, i.e. students who entered the 9th grade in 2009 and graduated by 2012.

Five-Year Graduation Rate: 96.4%
This applies to Class of 2011 who graduated within five years, i.e. students who entered the 9th grade in 2008 and graduated by 2012.

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“Gap closing” grade shows how well all students are doing in your district in reading, math, and graduation. It answers the question, “Is every student succeeding, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or disability?” The district achieved a “C” in 2013-14, indicating the district was near the state average in this category.

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The state currently does not provide a grade to districts in this category, but is expected to in 2016.

The K-3 Literacy component measures how well Pickerington Local School Distrct is helping young students who are reading below grade level. This grade answers the question, “Are more students learning to read in kindergarten through third grade?”

The measure and component relate to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, which aims to ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the end of third-grade. The guarantee drives attention to students from kindergarten to third-grade who are struggling readers and makes sure they get the help they need to succeed in reading. Through this initiative, Pickerington Schools will diagnose reading issues, create individualized reading improvement and monitoring plans, and provide intensive reading interventions.

This measure will use results from fall reading diagnostic assessments given to all students in kindergarten through grade 3 and the Grade 3 Reading OAA.

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The state reports a “value added” score for each district. This is a indicator of how much progress students in a given district made as a whole from one year to the next. Pickerington Schools earned an “A” in this category in 2013-14, indicating our students achieved more than one year of growth in one year’s time.

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This is a new indicator the state will add to the report card for 2016. It is an indication of how well our students are prepared for college and careers at graduation.

When students graduate from Pickerington Schools, they must be ready for success in college and careers without needing to take remedial classes. This goal will be measured by the “Prepared for Success” component.

Prepared for Success is a unique component. It contains six measures that do not receive a grade. They are only reported on the report card. The component grade is based on the percentage of our district’s four- and five-year graduation cohort that demonstrates college and career readiness.

Continuous Improvement Process

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Pickerington Schools uses the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) to review performance data, set goals for improvement and monitor progress.  The OIP includes a District Leadership Team (DLT) charged with leading goals and improvement efforts, Building Leadership Teams (BLTs), charged with leading improvement aligned with district goals at each of the 14 schools, and Teacher-Based Teams (TBTs) that lead improvements at the grade level or subject level.

District Improvement Goals (2014-15)Toggle content
  • Pickerington Schools maintains its place in statewide distribution of schools’ Performance Index.
  • Increase gap closing points earned to 80.
  • All students in grades 6 and 7 mathematics will make at least one year’s gain on the value added analysis as shown on the 2015 EVAAS district report.