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Report Card Results
Dear West Geauga Parent/Guardian,

Last week, the Ohio Department of Education released its report cards for all of Ohio's public school systems. Overall, West Geauga had a slight gain in our district's Performance Index (PI) but our PI rank fell due to comparative gains by other districts throughout the state. Although West G was again named, for the second consecutive year, to The Cleveland Plain Dealer's list of Top Twenty Northeast Ohio school districts, we are not yet performing at the level of the premier districts with whom we should be comparing ourselves. We are determined to be one of the top schools, not just in Geauga County, but the entire state.

The greatest need for improvement in West G, as indicated on the the district Report Card, relates to the component grade in Achievement, an area in which West G only received a C due primarily to failed Performance Indicators in specific subject areas at specific grade levels. This year, the Ohio Department of Education raised the bar for passage of the indicators and some scores, which would have been "passed" in the past, are now "failed" areas. The good news is that the areas are easily identifiable and we have already taken measures to correct them for the current school year. A copy of the report card is available at http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/District-Report.aspx?DistrictIRN=047225. On another positive note, our elementary schools' scores place them among the best in the state.

West G's strongest component grade this year is its A in Progress. The district's students are showing strong growth, individually and collectively, as measured by the state assessments. As a parent, this is perhaps the most important Indicator for you. 

To say that I am disappointed by our C in Achievement due to failed indicators on the Report Card and their corresponding effect on our district rank would be an understatement. I am determined that such shortcomings will not be repeated this year. Our students and our community deserve better. Being Top 20 in Northeast Ohio isn't good enough. 

Rich Markwardt