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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. 

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 students, staff, and parental support all contributed to the success of the report card.  
 
 For the 2018-2019 school year, The Cleveland Plain Dealer ranked districts on income adjustment and Ansonia Local Schools was ranked 29th best in the state under this ranking. The District had an income ranking of 345 and a Performance Index score ranking of 113 for a plus 232 rating. This was the 29th 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 [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.