Westwood Elementary School Principal Akisha Shehee is proud of the work her staff is doing to address student achievement gaps, including maintaining a five-star quality rating at the school’s preschool.
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Which Dayton Public Schools scored better, worse in new state report cards

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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“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: 

Building NameEnrollment 2018-2019Overall Grade 2017-2018Overall Grade 2018-2019
Horace Mann PreK-6 School419CB
Eastmont Park PreK-6 School446DC
Stivers School For The Arts861CC
Valerie PreK-6 School*540FC
Westwood PreK-6 School387FC
Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy158DD
Cleveland PreK-6 School440DD
David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center765DD
Belle Haven PreK-6 School462CD
Ruskin PreK-6 School547CD
River's Edge Montessori PreK-6 School518CD
Kemp PreK-6 School460DD
Belmont High School861FF
Edwin Joel Brown Middle School350FF
Fairview PreK-6 School432FF
Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy357DF
Edison PreK-6 School435DF
Wright Brothers Middle School465FF
Kiser PreK-6 School561FF
Louise Troy PreK-6 School441FF
World of Wonder PreK-6 School396DF
Wogaman Middle School354FF
Dunbar Early College High School590FF
Thurgood Marshall High School573FF
Meadowdale High School442FF

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