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OK, let's go with that thought.   What metric is used to judge that Winton Woods is a "bad school district"?  It's the report card, right?  And why is that?  Well, it is supposed to take the results of a State-wide standardized test and allow a comparison of other School Districts in the state.  Or that was the intent in 2001.  What has happened since?

Politics.

How else do you explain the actual test results (Performance Index) over the last 16 years?  Were kids smarter, the teachers better, the administrators more responsive in 2007-2008 than they are now in 2016?  Look at the trend results by grade on the right hand side of the PERFORMANCE results.  How do explain 3rd Grade Reading, pretty much a static level in the 70%'s (2012-2015) and then drop to below 30% in 2016?  How do you explain maintaining a frustrating level of performance from 2005-2014 and then the bottom falls out in 2015?  How do you explain that while Grade 3-8 scores have tanked with the "new and Improved" report card (2014), yet the scores for Grade 10 and 11 have remain the same over the last 5 years if not improved some?  How do you explain a test (selected by whom?) that in Hamilton County where the bottom half of districts are three times more poor, twice as many students with disabilities, and 10 times more minority students.  It's not only the elephant in the living room, it becomes a political football when the state changes the test three times in three years, raises the bar on both what a passing score is and grade level indicator meet %, overhauls the methods of reporting to the point that educators can't find the sense in what's coming out of Columbus.   I'm not saying anything different than what the superintendents of the top districts are saying, as well as members of the State Board of Education.  It's a mess.

Winton Woods Performance Index (actual test results)

2001.. 71.5
2002.. 76.3
2003.. 79.5
2004.. 87.6
2005.. 89.9
2006.. 90.1
2007.. 90.3
2008.. 86.3
2009.. 86.9
2010.. 88.3
2011.. 89.6

2012...88.4

2013...88.9

2014...86.2

2015...76.4

2016...64.5

DISTRICT2014 PerformanceBlack %% Disabled% Economic    Black % % Disabled % Economic
Wyoming City11311.77.97.51  111.7 7.9 7.5
Madeira City111.90.911.17.52  20.9 11.1 7.5
Indian Hill Exempted Village111.23.68.45.83  33.6 8.4 5.8
Mariemont City109.21.710.3104  41.7 10.3 10
Sycamore Community City108.97.99.717.65  57.9 9.7 17.6
Forest Hills Local106.91.59.214.66  61.5 9.2 14.6
Loveland City105.91.811.614.97  71.8 11.6 14.9
Oak Hills Local102.11.814.221.98  81.8 14.2 21.9
Southwest Local101.8014.336.19  90 14.3 36.1
Three Rivers Local100.50.617.840.110  100.6 17.8 40.1
Deer Park Community City100.15.91345.811  115.9 13 45.8
         37.4 127.5 221.8
        Top Half Avg.3.40% 11.60% 20.16%
              
Finneytown Local98.444.315.246.412  1244.3 15.2 46.4
Reading Community City98.38.617.256.313  138.6 17.2 56.3
Norwood City96.511.614.873.414  1411.6 14.8 73.4
Princeton City94.742.715.264.315  1542.7 15.2 64.3
Northwest Local (Hamilton)94.626.114.754.616  1626.1 14.7 54.6
St Bernard-Elmwood Place City91.928.718.479.817  1728.7 18.4 79.8
Cincinnati City86.963.419.471.718  1863.4 19.4 71.7
Winton Woods City86.264.116.269.319  1964.1 16.2 69.3
North College Hill City83.676.42071.420  2076.4 20 71.4
Mt Healthy City83.670.121.185.421  2170.1 21.1 85.4
Lockland Local83.447.215.982.422  2247.2 15.9 82.4
         483.2 188.1 755
        Bottom Half43.90% 17.10% 60%

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Let's try that chart again:

 

DISTRICT2014 Perf IndexBlack %% Disabled% Economic    Black % % Disabled % Economic
Wyoming City11311.77.97.51  111.7 7.9 7.5
Madeira City111.90.911.17.52  20.9 11.1 7.5
Indian Hill Exempted Village111.23.68.45.83  33.6 8.4 5.8
Mariemont City109.21.710.3104  41.7 10.3 10
Sycamore Community City108.97.99.717.65  57.9 9.7 17.6
Forest Hills Local106.91.59.214.66  61.5 9.2 14.6
Loveland City105.91.811.614.97  71.8 11.6 14.9
Oak Hills Local102.11.814.221.98  81.8 14.2 21.9
Southwest Local101.8014.336.19  90 14.3 36.1
Three Rivers Local100.50.617.840.110  100.6 17.8 40.1
Deer Park Community City100.15.91345.811  115.9 13 45.8
         37.4 127.5 221.8
        Top Half Avg.3.40% 11.60% 20.16%
              
Finneytown Local98.444.315.246.412  1244.3 15.2 46.4
Reading Community City98.38.617.256.313  138.6 17.2 56.3
Norwood City96.511.614.873.414  1411.6 14.8 73.4
Princeton City94.742.715.264.315  1542.7 15.2 64.3
Northwest Local (Hamilton)94.626.114.754.616  1626.1 14.7 54.6
St Bernard-Elmwood Place City91.928.718.479.817  1728.7 18.4 79.8
Cincinnati City86.963.419.471.718  1863.4 19.4 71.7
Winton Woods City86.264.116.269.319  1964.1 16.2 69.3
North College Hill City83.676.42071.420  2076.4 20 71.4
Mt Healthy City83.670.121.185.421  2170.1 21.1 85.4
Lockland Local83.447.215.982.422  2247.2 15.9 82.4
         483.2 188.1 755
        Bottom Half43.90% 17.10% 60%

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What about the achievement score?  Isn't that just a straight score, no politics involved - just like with the SAT or ACT - everyone is graded on the same criteria?

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