Superintendent Billy Smith:
The state report card does not represent all of the collaboration and work that has taken place in each of our school buildings. There is certainly some value in the report card data, and we will use that data to analyze what we do. However, the state report card is only one snapshot in time. The report card fails to recognize many of the accomplishments and successes that take place throughout the course of a school year. Because we are dedicated to providing the highest quality educational program for our students, we will continue to reflect on what we do and how we do it. As a school district, we are always seeking out strategies to better serve our students and families, regardless of the marks that we receive on a report card. We are very proud of the fact that our students consistently show growth. This is evidenced by an “A” in the Progress category on the state report card. This grade is a direct result of the hard work and collaboration of our students, parents, and staff members.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Lani Wildow:
This year’s state report card holds a mix of results for Fairfield. At first glance, it might be easy to think that things are not going well. Achievement, hitting the state’s arbitrary 80% benchmark, didn’t happen across most of our district this year despite scores higher than the state average for 19/23 test. Gap Closing also continues to be an area of need. However, in one of the most important areas on the report card, Progress (showing you can take students from where they are when they walk into your classrooms and grow them at least one, two, or even more years in their learning) Fairfield students and staff shine bright with an A! Earning an A in Overall Progress for the second year in a row shows that our district is on the right track in meeting the needs of all learners. As our students continue to grow, achievement will happen and gaps will close. In addition, Fairfield improved from an F to a C in K-3 Literacy showing our focused work with our youngest learners is paying off.
Read more about our accomplishments in the 2016-17 Quality Profile, which highlights achievements and other news not covered by the state report card. Access the profile in the file listed below.
View the district report card by clicking on this link: http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/District-Report.aspx?DistrictIRN=046102