Ansonia

Local Schools

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.
 
Prepared for Success determines how prepared our students are for future opportunities in a technical field, college or preparing for work. 

Ansonia Local Schools was designated as a "C" district for the 2015-16 school year, for Achievement.  The District met 18 of 29 indicators and had a performance index score of 92.6.  Ansonia Elementary met 5 of 11 indicators.  The elementary was designated a "C" building for Achievement.  The junior high was designated a "C" building for meeting 4 of 5 indicators.  The high school met 9 of 12 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. The District received a "C" rating for Progress.  For students with disabilities the district scored a letter grade of "B".  For the lowest 20% of students the District earned a grade of "D". 
 
Graduation rate is measured by the number of ninth graders who graduated in four or five years for the class of 2015.  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 for the American Institute of Research (AIR) testing for all students in grades 3 - 8.  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 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 [email protected] 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.