To prepare all students without exception to be Ready for Tomorrow, we must create authentic partnerships with our community. We want to hear your ideas, thoughts, and opinions about how your schools should approach a changing landscape. That’s why the Hilliard Board of Education created the Community Conversation Program.
How we educate students is changing rapidly. There are many choices about how schools will look and work as we move forward. These decisions need to be made as a community and with the consideration of many different voices. We need to understand our residents and build a better relationship between the school district and the community. This demands a different kind of conversation. Sometimes, that will mean reaching out to a specific group in our community. Other times, it means defining an issue or topic that demands community input. There will be board members and district administrators at each conversation.
These will happen quarterly.
- Tuesday, March 7 – 5:30 pm at the Hub (3859 Main Street, Hilliard)
- Tuesday, June 13 – 9 am at the Hub
- Tuesday, September 5 – 5:30 pm at the Hub
- Tuesday, December 5 – 9 am at Central Office (2140 Atlas Street, Columbus)
Please join us to share your voice.
As you have heard, the Ohio Department of Education recently released the Ohio School Report Cards for the 2022-23 school year. We’re thrilled to share some exciting news about one of the components of the report card: Progress. The Progress Component is based 100% on the district’s value-added score.
The value-added score is made up of two components: overall growth index and effect size. I am pleased to report that, according to the Ohio Department of Education, Hilliard City Schools was ranked #1 out of 607 public school districts on the overall growth index and #15 out of 607 districts on effect size.
Value-added looks closely at the growth all students are making based on their past state test performances. In short, value-added measures how much our district’s teachers grow student performance, regardless of where students start, over the course of a year’s time. It is a true representation of our commitment to every student, without exception.
The Progress Component (based 100% on value-added) measures the academic performance of students compared to expected growth on Ohio’s State Tests. This calculation uses a “value-added” model of measuring academic growth that compares the change in the achievement of a group of students to an expected amount of change in achievement that is based on the students’ prior achievement history.
I want to congratulate every employee and every student of the Hilliard City Schools for this achievement. This is a testament to their hard work and dedication to being Ready for Tomorrow.
David Stewart – Superintendent
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the Ohio School Report Cards for the 2022-2023 school year. We are pleased to announce that Hilliard City Schools continues to make positive gains in our goal of ensuring that every student, without exception, is Ready for Tomorrow.
One change in this year’s report card is the inclusion of an “Overall” rating. The Overall rating is out of 5 possible stars, in increments of .5 stars. The Ohio Department of Education has clarified that an overall rating of at least 3 stars indicates that a district or school has met state standards. We are proud to share that Hilliard City Schools has earned 4.5 out of 5 stars, affirming our commitment to academic excellence.
We are particularly delighted to have received 5 stars in Progress and Gap Closing. Progress measures the growth made by all our students based on their past performance, reflecting our dedication to continuous improvement. The Gap Closing component evaluates our efforts in reducing educational disparities among student subgroups, emphasizing our commitment to equity and inclusivity.
In the category of Achievement, Hilliard City Schools received four stars. This component assesses student performance on state tests. Within this component, we are also excited to share that our Performance Index Score, which is a measure of all tests taken by all students, continues to increase as well.
Hilliard City Schools received three stars in both Graduation and Early Literacy, which indicates that the district is meeting state standards. Graduation evaluates the percentage of students who graduate with a regular or honors diploma, while the Early Literacy component assesses reading improvement and proficiency levels in grades K-3. These areas will be a focal point for our continued improvement efforts. Specific to the Early Literacy component, this year, we launched new K-12 English Language Arts Curriculums. The Wit and Wisdom program is the new resource that our professionals chose to support this new curriculum. It is designed for our younger learners and will empower students to read challenging texts, write effectively, and speak clearly and logically. We believe these initiatives will lead to even greater gains across our district.
At Hilliard City Schools, our vision is to Embrace, Empower, and Inspire students, families, and the community through an active partnership. While we will never be defined solely by state test scores or local report card results, we are pleased to celebrate the success of our teachers and students. While we recognize that there is always more work to be done, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our parents, students, staff, and community members for their unwavering support and the work that went into this success. Together, we will continue to raise the bar for educational excellence in Hilliard for every student, without exception.
Superintendent David Stewart
Many people have seen the City of Hilliard develop a new comprehensive plan. According to their web page, they launched Hilliard by Design to significantly update the city’s 2011 comprehensive plan.
While we congratulate the City Leaders for creating such a forward-thinking document, we hear that some in our community need more clarification on what the city can do with land owned by the school district. The short answer is they can not buy or sell property owned by the Board of Education without the Board’s approval, nor have they ever tried to. The Board appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with our city partners on projects that impact the schools.
Currently, the Hilliard School Board of Education will continue working on the District’s Master Facilities Plan, or MFP. An MFP is the product of a data-driven process that guides capital planning decisions over the next 5-10 years. The process takes into account community and stakeholder feedback, which results in transparent decisions about:
- Educational programs
- Facility use
- Capital investment
This MFP will address many fundamental questions:
- What kind of schools will best prepare students and inspire them to achieve their full potential for the future?
- How many students will attend our schools in five years? Ten years?
- What is the correct number, size, and location of schools to best serve these students?
- Where do we need new schools?
- Which current buildings should be replaced, expanded, modernized, or repurposed?
- What is the cost and schedule to make these changes?
You may have read that all Franklin County residents’ properties have been assessed this year. This part of a regular procedure ensures fair taxation based on area changes.
In Hilliard, residential property values have increased by an average of 34%. Residents may wonder if their taxes will increase at the same rate or if the school district will gain extra funds. The answer to both is no.
A law passed in 1976, House Bill (HB) 920, protects homeowners from significant tax increases by limiting growth on taxes. While rates went up, each property owner will be impacted differently. You can click here to access the Franklin County Auditor’s web page to search for your specific property.
HB 920l also prevents school districts from collecting extra revenue from rising property values unless approved by voters. An exception is the “inside millage,” or the 4.45 mills of property tax that Hilliard receives that grows with inflation, which may fluctuate with property assessments.
Hilliard maintains its reputation as an excellent place to live, and our top-rated schools contribute to this success. We remain committed to providing value for your investment in education. For questions about school finances, please click here for our Fiscal reports on the District web page.