September, 14th 2017
The State of Ohio issued report card for the Brooklyn City Schools is being released today. The State of Ohio continues to adjust these assessments and the manner that they measure these metrics for all schools. Nevertheless, the district reviews this report card closely and continues to work on improving student performance in all areas.
The Progress measure is one area where the Brooklyn City Schools showed improvement with this year’s report card. The Brooklyn Schools scored a “B” grade on the overall district Progress measure. This metric indicates how students have grown academically from one year to the next. A score of “B” indicates the students made slightly more than one year’s growth in the past year. Brooklyn Intermediate School scored an “A” on the Progress measure as a school, which shows well-above expected growth for the last year for our students in grades 4 through 7.
These great Progress results indicate that as a district we are achieving our annual goal for all students to grow at least a year academically. This is our goal again this year as we know that is the expectation of our parents who send us our students each day. The district will continue to check student progress with various measures in order to ensure we continue positive growth every year for our students.
The four-year Graduation Rate increased to a “B” on this report card as the percentage improved to 91.5%. Three other metrics, Prepared for Success, Achievement, and Gap Closing, kept the same letter grade from last year’s report card. In all three areas, though, Brooklyn showed improved overall percentages on these measures. The Brooklyn Schools is staying committed to quality programming like AVID and college credit plus on campus that allows opportunities for our students not necessarily offered in other schools.
Despite the improvements, the school district is disappointed with our Achievement and Gap Closing grades because of our high expectations for our students and student achievement. The teachers and administration have put great work into developing new units and assessments based on the new learning standards. This work has shown some positive results but it will continue in the next year along with a focus on the new science and social studies standards.
Overall, the district realizes the state report card does not tell the complete story of the Brooklyn City Schools. This year the school district joined 80 other school districts across Ohio and released a District Quality Profile. The quality profile shares information, successes, and challenges of the school district that a letter-grade report card cannot completely articulate. This year’s District Quality Profile can be found in the Brooklyn City Schools website at the following link: http://www.brooklyn.k12.oh.us/Content2/district-profile.
Dr. Mark G. Gleichauf
Superintentent of the Brooklyn City Schools