The “D” grade Dayton Public Schools earned on the state report card released this week is a celebrated improvement from the “F” score it had in previous years.
The individual school building grades, however, are a mixed bag, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of the report card data.
Some schools saw notable improvement, particularly Westwood PreK-6, which climbed from an “F” grade to a “C” grade, while serving a large disadvantaged population. In fact, DPS’ success in improving performance for vulnerable students is a large driver of its improved scores.
Dayton Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli emphasized the importance of Dayton’s “C” grade on the gap closure measure. That looks at how much progress historically disadvantaged groups – based on race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and disability – made during the school year.
“We are closing the gap,” she said. “We are very, very excited about that particular grade because that shows that we’re serving the needs of all of our students and we are actually closing the achievement gaps for all of our population we serve.”
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Horace Mann PreK-6 improved to a “B” grade, the highest letter grade in the district.
But while four schools had increased overall grades, six saw their overall letter grades drop, and 10 stayed at an “F” grade.
Here’s a breakdown of the letter grades in all DPS schools in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019:
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