Report Cards are designed to give parents, communities, educators and policymakers information about the performance of districts and schools – to celebrate success and identify areas for improvement. This information identifies schools to receive intensive supports, drives local conversations on continuous improvement, and provides transparent reporting on the performance of students in foundational skills and knowledge and other important outcomes such as graduation and college and career readiness. The goal is to ensure equitable outcomes and high expectations for all of Ohio’s students.
The Loveland Schools have defended their increased spending by citing the large jump of scores and rankings over the past 4-5 years.
It has been pointed out, quite correctly, that there was a statewide score decline in that same 2014-2015 timeframe attributable to changes in testing. However, a comparison of the performance index scores the Ohio Department of Education uses to rank school districts, Loveland’s score decline was much larger than Ohio schools in general. In fact, in a single year Loveland dropped from the top 15% of Ohio schools to just above the bottom 25%. The district has now only returned to the same top 15% ranking it had in the 2010 to 2014 timeframe, when inflation-adjusted revenue per pupil averaged 20% less.