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Madison Park saw third-grade reading proficiency go from 25.9 percent in 2015-16 to 50.5 percent in 2016-17. In third-grade math, the school improved from 38.5 percent to 57.5 percent proficiency.
“All children can learn and thrive, and these schools are supporting their students with the innovative practices that are closing achievement gaps,” said state superintendent Paolo DeMaria. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators for making a real difference in the lives of their students.”
On the whole, Trotwood’s district report card was poor in 2016-17, ranking last out of Ohio’s 608 school districts in performance index, the most complete measure of test performance. The district got F’s in Achievement and Student Progress and is at risk of state takeover this summer if results from spring 2018 state tests don’t improve.
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“We have great confidence and faith in what our staff is doing here,” Bell said last month. “Ultimately I realize in a ranking system somebody has to fall last, but that doesn’t define us. You know, the state tests don’t really say who we are.”
Bell said Trotwood is doing heavy academic interventions concerning literacy, which he called a weak point. It has also expanded after-school academic programs, with busing offered to all.
“We want you to stay, get any extra help you need, and then we’re going to drive you home afterward,” Bell said. “It’s a no-excuses kind of mindset.”
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WHIO-TV reporter Caroline Reinwald contributed to this story.