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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

August Update

Dear parents,

Welcome back to school this month! Remember that school starts for all students on Wednesday, August 19.

Families are invited to meet their child’s teachers at these special evening events on Monday, August 17.

  • Supply Night will be held at all elementary buildings for students and families from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Back to School Night for Stanton Middle School sixth graders—6 p.m. for Legacy Team; 6:30 p.m. for the Buckeyes Team and 7 p.m. for the Mega-Minds Team

Thanks for visiting our newly-designed website

Over the summer, we’ve redesigned and updated our Kent Schools website. I hope you will find it easier to navigate and fun to read. We plan to post even more information during the school year, so please check it often. Thank you to Technology Coordinator Courtney Baliman and Roosevelt teacher Chris Carman for their work on this project.

Kent calendars mailed this month

Our Kent City School calendars were mailed to residents in early August. If you did not receive a calendar, please stop by the Administration Building at 321 North DePeyster Street to pick up a copy.

Teachers involved in professional development

Many of our faculty members have been involved in professional development, as well as pursuing graduate degrees, over the summer.

Kent educators helped plan and took part in the fourth annual Kent Educational Excellence Partnership (KEEP), which involves nine school districts and the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services. Funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, attendees spent two days in June participating in “critical conversations” about trends and issues in their areas of education. They also attended breakout sessions developed by their peers and partnered to form cross-district learning communities. Others will develop collaborative inquiry projects with the support of KSU faculty.

During a 5-day workshop hosted by the Kent Schools, our Intervention Specialists and teachers worked together with educators from Ravenna, Streetsboro and Woodridge to develop resources to help students with alternative assessments. Participants collaborated and shared some great ideas, which will be incorporated into their teaching plans this school year.

Custodial staff busy over the summer

Our school buildings are shining after a thorough cleaning by our custodial staff. We have also completed some roofing, paving and other maintenance work.

I am excited about beginning another year of learning and student achievement in the Kent City Schools. Thank you again for your continued support.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

Update on the end of PARCC testing

Early in July 2015 Gov. John Kasich agreed with leaders of the Ohio House and Senate that PARCC’s math and English exams will not continue in Ohio. PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a computer-based assessment closely aligned with the Common Core Standards.
Both houses agreed on the compromise bill late last week which specifically bans the state from spending any money on tests developed by the 12-state, PARCC consortium. This bill calls for the Ohio Department of Education to immediately find a new provider of tests to replace the current PARCC math and English language art exams.
Of course, this announcement may raise questions for some about Kent City Schools’ plans for the new schools year, but we do want to reassure our community that our ultimate goal is to provide every student with an excellent education.
We understand that there are many details to be decided at the state level that will help us understand the assessment windows and format. The Ohio Department of Education will develop Ohio-specific tests using the existing contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which currently provides science and social studies tests, and now will supply Ohio’s math and English/language arts tests. ODE is striving for a seamless transition, and the new tests will use the same platform that AIR has provided Ohio schools for more than a decade.
Decisions made regarding state assessments will not deter our Kent City School’s staff from its mission to “provide an appropriate educational program and learning environment, which will effectively meet the educational needs of its students and citizens.”

We will continue to support educators in standards-based instruction and the development of high quality assessments for classroom use. Our educators will continue to align their instructional practices and resources to meet the rigor of Ohio’s new Learning Standards to ensure that our students are well-prepared for the demands of college and careers.


George J. Joseph
Kent City Schools