Dayton schools last in state on test scores

Dayton Public Schools had the worst performance index in Ohio on last year’s state tests, according to the school report cards released Thursday. Last year, Dayton was second-worst among Ohio’s 610 school districts.

Performance index measures the actual test performance of every student, adding credit for very high scores and penalizing very low scores.

Dayton’s Index was 62.95, good for a “D” in Ohio’s system, as no school district was given an “F.”

Lockland schools, near Cincinnati, was the only other district to score below 66.

“As a Board member, a taxpayer, a voter, a community member and a parent, I’m very disappointed in the latest results,” said Dayton school board President Adil Baguirov. “But I’m not disheartened since I know we can and will do better despite all odds, such as second highest level of poverty in the state.

“I want to assure the parents and taxpayers that this Board is working very hard to implement improvements, based on best practices, more rapidly. We already took several steps, and have a few more forthcoming which we hope will improve the dynamic. I also urge parents, education and business leaders to submit their proposals to us on rapidly improving academic performance.”

No other local districts were in the state’s bottom 10. Northridge (73.32) and Trotwood-Madison (73.94) were the only other districts in the bottom 25.

Among the state’s eight large urban districts, Akron (80.66) and Cincinnati (79.91) far outperformed the other six.

Dayton also was in the bottom 10 in the state in number of testing indicators met — the measure that shows on how many tests a district beat the state average score.

Dayton and Northridge each met two indicators (of more than 30 possible), while Trotwood and Middletown each met three. Springfield City Schools was one of five traditional school districts in the state that didn’t meet any testing indicators.

Among the state’s large urban districts, Cleveland and Youngstown each met zero testing indicators, while Akron met two. Columbus was highest, with five.