Hilliard Schools Continues to Lead the Way with Student Learning

HCS_COLOR_SM logoHilliard City Schools is once again leading the way by demonstrating significant student academic growth on the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Local Report Card (LRC). While the format of the report and certain measurements have again changed this year, Hilliard Schools’ commitment to helping each student thrive in the 21st century remains.

“Hilliard City Schools has never sat still and said this is good enough” said Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph.D. “We are leading the way by making sure students are ready not only for higher education, but also the jobs of tomorrow. We will continue to embrace, empower and inspire students to reach their fullest potential. This is what our community expects and what our students deserve.”

This year’s LRC includes letter grades for nine separate measurements within four major components. A series of complicated calculations create the final grade for each separate measurement and there is no final overall rating or grade as there has been in previous years. While some of the labels and components are similar in nature, the manner in which the data is now being calculated is different.

Hilliard City Schools received an “A” in the “Achievement” component of the LRC and met all 24 Performance Indicators. The Performance Index is another measurement of the “Achievement” component and continues to indicate strong academic performance with a 103.6 which is a “B.” Hilliard City Schools also received an “A” in both measurements of the “Graduate Rate” component with more than 93 percent of all students graduating within four years and 95.2 percent graduating within five years. Hilliard City Schools is once again helping students to gain more than a year’s worth of academic growth with a 24.97 index on the Value Added measurement which equates to an “A” on the “Progress” component of the LRC. To receive an A on this component, a school district’s Value Added index must be two or higher. Finally, the “Gap Closing” measurement is calculated through the “Annual Measurable Objectives” (AMO) component of the LRC. This component replaces the previous “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP). Much like AYP this measurement looks at the performance of various subgroups such as students in ethnic groups, those with learning disabilities and socio-economic standards. However, AYP not only looked at the academic achievement of these students, it also took into account the academic growth of each subgroup. The new AMO only measures each subgroup’s passage rate in comparison to a state-set goal. While Hilliard City Schools is able to demonstrate academic growth for many of these subgroups, the overall “Gap Closing” score is a “D.”

“The state has changed the reporting system, but much of the data has stayed the same; it’s simply viewing the data from a new perspective and we will adjust our practices as needed,” noted Marschhausen. “However, Hilliard City Schools cares about the type of educational experience we are providing to each student and not just about a single report. It is because of our drive to always be better that we don’t look at just one piece of data to define our success. It takes multiple pieces of information, experiences and community support to determine the full picture of each individual student’s education. This is why Hilliard City Schools uses lots of data to guide instruction and why each student is ready for tomorrow.”

To view Frequently Asked Questions about Hilliard Schools’ results, simply visit the district’s website at www.hilliardschools.org.