The data issue makes it unclear whether DPS’ performance index will change. A district statement said “test results in specific areas have been negatively impacted by the software issues.” The statement said the changes affected student progress and gap closing data for individual high schools, but did not mention performance index.
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In four-year graduation rate, Dayton (69.5 percent) ranked fifth-lowest in the state, behind Ohio’s other large urban districts and far behind local districts, as Jefferson Twp. was next at 77.1 percent.
This four-year data is for the Class of 2017, and represents DPS’ worst graduation rate in at least five years. Dayton’s graduation rate had been around 72 percent in recent years.
DPS avoided F’s in two of the report card’s six components — earning D’s student progress and K-3 Literacy Improvement. In student progress, DPS’ overall “value-added” score was worse than many districts that got F’s in progress, but DPS got a sub-grade of “B” for the progress its gifted students made, lifting the component grade.
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Dayton Public Schools officials say they’ve been working with the Powerschool Software Company since June 25 to fix data reporting errors caused by the company’s software, but problems persist.
PowerSchool officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday afternoon.
Lolli said DPS submitted proper information, but because of Powerschool formatting errors, some data was reported to the Ohio Department of Education incorrectly or not at all. She said the problem shouldn’t impact any individual students.
Lolli said the district has begun legal action against Powerschool to resolve the issue and continues working with the state to address it.
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