The Ohio Department of Education recently released the “Grade Cards” for all school districts in Ohio. Vinton County Local Schools continues to make strides in education, earning an overall performance index score of 88.2%. While the overall ranking designates the district in the category of Continuous Improvement, a mere 1.8% increase separates the learning institutions of Vinton County from an effective rating. The previous year’s test scores were 87.2% overall. A steady increase in scores had been evident since the state began the “Grade Card” ranking system. The well rounded education of students, along with hands on projects, special programming, and fieldtrips has not been sacrificed in the local district, to increase state test scores. The “teaching to the test” thought process has not enacted in Vinton County to raise scores. A structured routine, increased after school learning opportunities and tutoring programs organized to assist students have enhanced the level of education offered.
A 90.4% graduation rate was reported, as well as 44.4% of seniors taking the ACT college entrance examination. The state of Ohio considers 64/5% of the district’s 2384 students as being economically disadvantaged. A total of 18.5% of the student body is considered disabled. Statistics for the educational staff within the district include 41 educators with a master’s degree.
According to the district report card, a designation of value added measures in reading for grades 6-8, and math for grades 5-8 were represented during the school year. This designations represents grade levels of students who have achieved greater than one year’s worth of progress in the two core subjects. Math students in grades 6-8 ranked above grade level in the subject. Adequate yearly progress monitored in grades 3-8 and 10 by the state of Ohio in the subjects of reading and math was met by all students in the district, with the exception of students designated as disabled.
A total of 14.1% of female students, and 8.5% of males scored at the advanced level in the subject of reading. A total of 19.2% students scored at the advanced level in social studies. A total of 7.8 % of students without disabilities scored at the limited level in the subject of reading. In the subject of science, 24% students scored at the advanced placement level. In the subject of math, 28% of students scored at the advanced level. The subject of writing had 45% of students scoring at proficient levels.
Third graders are tested in the subjects of reading and math only, and ranked above both the state requirement of 75%, and the scores listed from similar districts in each subject. Fourth grade students are tested in the subjects or reading, math, and writing. The fourth grade students didn’t achieve the state minimum standard, but came within a few percentage points in each tested subject. Sixth grade students tested in the high sixty percentile ranking in the areas of math and reading, but didn’t reach the state standard. Seventh grade students tested in the seventy percentile in the subjects of reading and writing, and received a 69.4% rating in math, just missing the state requirement in their testing areas.
Eighth grade students reached the state mandate in the subject of reading, ranking 76.6%. In the subjects of math, science, and social studies, the students did not meet the required standards. The sophomores who took the Ohio Graduation Test reached or surpassed the state standard of 75% in all subjects except science. Juniors taking the Ohio Graduation test, where the threshold of passage is 85%, reached or surpassed the requirement in all subjects except science, where the scores were a near miss with 84.3% passage. The Vinton County Local School District ranked above the state requirement for attendance, with a 94.3% rate.