TPS celebrates some higher state ratings
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 21:25:56 GMT —
The Ohio Department of Education released final "report card" scores on Friday for local schools and school districts.
The Toledo Public School District earned a "Continuous Improvement" rating for another year and several individual schools within TPS made big leaps forward.
Eight schools received "Excellent" ratings, the equivalent of an "A". For Birmingham Elementary and Grove Patterson Academy, this was their first year to get such a high score.
29 other schools earned an "Effective" or "Continuous Improvement" rating, the equivalent of a "B" or a "C."
"I'm anxious for us to achieve the highest rating that the district is capable of achieving and I know we can get there but we have to be patient and we have to work intelligently and that's what we're doing," said TPS Superintendent Jerry Pecko.
Still, nine TPS schools remain under an "Academic Emergency" and another 11 are under "Academic Watch".
The big problem are low scores specifically among minorities and students with disabilities.
"That's going to be a lot of our concentration over the next few years and hopefully we can use some "Race to the Top" dollars to focus on that," said Pecko.
While the district took time Friday to pat administrators, teachers and students on the back, TPS knows keeping up high scores could be even harder this year with a smaller budget.
"The passage of the levy is critical to giving us the resources we need to make sure that Toledo Public Schools becomes an "Effective" and an "Excellent" school system," said TPS School Board President Bob Vasquez.
The TPS school district is also celebrating a better attendance rate thanks to fewer suspensions.
But the graduation rate has fallen over the past few years, sitting at just under 84%.
- Grove Patterson
- Toledo Early College High School
- Toledo Technology Academy
- East Side Central
- OWE Academy
- Ottawa River
- Old Orchard
- Allied Health
- Rosa Parks
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