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Officials pleased with formal rating

A clearer picture is starting to emerge as to just how much Indian Lake students improved on the most recent round of standardized testing from the Ohio Department of Education, school board members learned Tuesday at a regular meeting. 

Curriculum Director Kyle Wagner distributed to the board additional information about the school’s report card released securely to each school district in the state. Formal reports have not been issued from ODE as the investigation into attendance data is wrapped up, but Mr. Wagner said Indian Lake’s report won’t change once the final report is released.

Unlike preliminary data released last month, updated information contained a final rating: Excellent with Distinction.

“That’s the highest rating we can achieve,” Mr. Wagner said. “When you talk about the hard work our staff puts in, this is amazing.”

Indian Lake met 25 of 26 indicators, five more than last year when it was rated “effective,” exceeded value-added growth standards and met adequate yearly progress for the first time.

“We know that ODE plans to revise the standards and totally alter the school report cards process starting next year, and they’re going to make it harder for us,” Superintendent Pat O’Donnell said. “For one year anyway, we know that we’re excellent with distinction.”

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