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Superintendent Says Schools Better Than State Grade

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 4/11/2013

The state released a simulated report card Wednesday under its new evaluation system which assigns grades to school districts based on their overall academic performance.

The original system by the Ohio Department of Education assigned labels to the districts.

The simulation is based on last year's student test scores and other data by the Ohio Department of Education.

Under the new system the Mansfield City Schools received an F among seven other school districts in Richland County who received an A for their performance teaching students.

The new system calculates the following categories-student performance on state tests and graduation rates; a school performance index, how much progress students are making; and how well economically disadvantaged, minority, disabled students are performing and K through 3 literacy.

Mansfield City Schools Superintendent Dan Freund said the new report card ratings does not give a complete story of what the districts are facing.

For Mansfield, that includes 192 homeless students, and 25 percent with special needs. Also 80 percent are on free or reduced price lunches.

"I want to make sure everyone understands all the parents in this district love their kids dearly. We serve everyone who walks through our doors. We take care of them," Freund said.

"We have a program called Blessings in a Back Pack that businesses have helped us with. We send food home in a pack back on Friday night for kids so they have food over the weekend. So there are so many things we do for families and kids that aren't reflected on this report card," Freund said.

Freund said he's impressed with the parents and teachers. He said there are many students in the district who are doing exceptionally well in Mansfield. He said the district will strive to get better.



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