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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 "C" 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 D in prepared for success. 

Ansonia Local Schools was designated as a "C" district for the 2016-17 school year, for Achievement.  The District met 11 of 24 indicators and had a performance index score of 94.1, which was an improvement from last year.
Ansonia Elementary met 4 of 11 indicators.  The elementary was designated a "C" building for Achievement.  The junior high was designated a "B" building for Achievement.  The high school met 3 of 7 indicators and will be a "C" 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 C for progress.  Gifted received a score of Not Rated, due to the number of students measured.  For students in the lowest 20% the district received a D.  Students with disabilities a score of F was received.
Graduation rate is measured by the number of ninth graders who graduated in four or five years for the class of 2017.  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.  There are many factors which led to lower scores for the district.  This was the first year the percentage rate to meet an indicator was 80%, which was a 5% increase from last year.  The high school students also had end of course exams and all testing was on line.  These factors impacted all scores locally, county wide, and across the state. 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. 
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.