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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Welcome from Mr. James Atchley, Superintendent

Welcome to Ansonia Local Schools.  Our school district is located in west central Ohio in Darke County.  We are a small community offering big opportunities.  Our staff cares about each student by making sure the learning environment is one where excellence can be achieved.

We invite you to become part of our community...from families, businesses, staff and students together we will continue to strive to earn an "A" Report Card Rating.  

The new report card was designed to provide a more clear rating on how students performed at the building and district level.  The report card is broken down into six categories: Achievement, Progress, Graduation Rate, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. 
 
Achievement measures the number of students who pass the state tests and how well they performed on them.  This measurement examines the number of indicators met on the report card and performance index score.
 
Progress measures the growth of all students based on past performance or test results.
 
Graduation Rate examines the number of students who successfully graduate in four or five years.
 
Gap Closing examines the achievement of students based on income, race, ethnicity, or disability.  This measure is based on performance in English language arts, math and graduation.
 
 K-3 Literacy is a new component that looks at how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track for proficiency at third grade and beyond.  The elementary received a grade of "D" this year.
 
Prepared for Success determines how prepared our students are for future opportunities in a technical field, college or preparing for work. 
The district received a "F" in prepared for success. 

Ansonia Local Schools was designated as a "B" district for the 2017-18 school year, for Achievement.  The District met 17 of 24 indicators and had a performance index score of 98.8, which was an improvement from last year.  Both of these indicators would place us second in Darke County.
 
Ansonia Elementary met 6 of 11 indicators.  The elementary was designated a "C" building for Achievement.  The junior high met 5 of 6 indicators and was designated a "B" building for Achievement.  The high school met 7 of 9 indicators and will be a "B" building for Achievement.   
 
Progress is measured by value added for gifted students, students with disabilities, and students scoring in the lowest 20% statewide. Overall we scored a "B" for progress.  Value Added the district scored an overall grade of "A".  Gifted received a score of Not Rated, due to the number of students measured.  For students in the lowest 20% the district received a"C".  Students with disabilities a score of "C" was received.  The district showed improvement across the board in all categories for this measurement.
 
Graduation rate is measured by the number of ninth graders who graduated in four or five years for the class of 2018.  The district received the grade of "A" for each indicator.  
 
Overall, as a district we will evaluate the test results and determine any professional development needs as determined by the staff and administration.  I am happy to report we did see improvement in most test scores from the previous year, in the number of students meeting the indicator and performance index score.  The number of indicators met in 17 of 24 is the most the district has ever scored, with the new testing requirements.  The performance index score improved by 4 points from the previous year.  The students, staff, and parental support all contributed to the success of the report card.  
 
 The Cleveland Plain Dealer ranked districts on income adjustment and Ansonia Local Schools was ranked 11th best in the state under this ranking. The District had an income ranking of 392 and a Performance Index score ranking of 93 for a plus 299 rating. This was the 11th largest, positive difference within the state.  https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/erry-2018/09/f7069f2d532772/ranking-all-ohio-school-distri.html
 
I am confident our staff and administration will continue to evaluate the results and make any necessary curriculum changes.  I would also caution that this is one measurement for the district.  We have many great things going on educationally on a daily basis.  The report card is only one measurement for the district. 

Please feel free to call me at (937) 337-4000 or e-mail me at jim.atchley@ansoniaschools.org with questions, ideas or concerns. Your input, support, and commitment to excellence are valued and help make Ansonia Local Schools a great place for students.