Dear Parents and Community,

imgMcveyToday, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is releasing the official Local Report Card (LRC) data for the 2011-12 school year. In addition, a change to state law also requires that ODE release data that ranks not only every traditional public school and school district, but also every community and STEM school in Ohio related to Value-Added (VA) and Performance Index (PI).

I am thrilled to inform you that out of 832 schools and school districts ranked in the VA component, Hilliard City Schools was ranked number one. This means our students are gaining more academic growth than any other school district in the state! On the PI component, we were ranked 111 out of 942 schools and school districts, placing us among the top 11 percent of all school district in Ohio for academic achievement!

In addition, our preliminary ranking of “Excellent with Distinction” is now official. Hilliard City Schools has earned this top rating for five consecutive years. Only 15 school districts in Ohio have achieved this accomplishment, including only four in Franklin County. Hilliard City Schools has the lowest cost per pupil of these four districts and this speaks to the good value we are providing residents.

Our teachers, support staff and administrators work incredibly hard to ensure student success on a daily basis. While we are excited to celebrate this milestone, we also understand that Hilliard City Schools is about more than a report card. We provide great educational and extracurricular opportunities, innovative lessons and 21st century skills which our students need for tomorrow’s workforce. We will continue to focus on our mission of empowering graduates to thrive in the 21st century.

We also understand that this kind of achievement is not possible without the support of our community. On behalf of the Board of Education and all staff members, we thank you for your continued investment in our schools.

Dale A. McVey