October News

Dear parents,

As we begin our second full month of school, I want to call your attention to two measures of student achievement in our district—and the top ratings we received.

Special Education programs earn highest rating from the state

Kent City Schools received the highest rating possible on the performance of our special education program. The rating is based on program data submitted through the Education Management Information System (EMIS) to the Ohio Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. The top rating is called “Meets Requirements.”

Beginning in 2017, these special education ratings will also include “measures of results” for students with disabilities. According to our calculations, if these student indicators had been included this year, Kent would have received the top rating of “Meets Requirements.”

My congratulations and thanks to our students and families, as well as our special education teachers, aides, regular education teachers and administrators.

Six District Educational Compact Report Card meets all standards

The Six District Educational Compact Report Card, released by the U.S. Department of Education for the Class of 2013 shows two A’s while meeting all standards. Our College Tech Prep Initiatives, including 11 based at Roosevelt High School, are provided through the Compact.

The Compact earned an ‘A’ for Achievement, which includes technical skill attainment, as well as an ‘A’ for graduation rate. Approximately 98.2 percent of CTE students graduated in four years. The Compact received a ‘B’ for post-program placement, which measures the proportion of students employed, in apprenticeships or the military or enrolled in postsecondary education in the six months after leaving school.

All standards, which are set as part of federal requirements, were met, including:

Academic Attainment – Reading 98.4%
Academic Attainment – Math 97.3%
Technical Skill Attainment 90.8%
Secondary School Completion 99.5%
Single Year Graduation Rate 97.3%
Placement 86.2%
Nontraditional Participation 39.4%
Nontraditional Completion 25.9%

Next Coffee Talk is Wednesday, November 18

Please mark your calendars for “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent.” The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, at 8:30 a.m. in the back room at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua. It’s a great time to share ideas and answer your questions. I look forward to seeing you.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

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