“We will continue to improve. Please be proud of your children, our teachers and our community. God Bless,” Orr said in the 51-second message.
When told of Orr’s contention, state education officials, however, point to much lower failure percentage among Ohio’s 609 school districts achievement in meeting the state’s 23 tested areas.
According to ODE officials, 3 percent of districts received an “F” grade on the Achievement component last school year in terms of students receiving a proficient or higher score on the 23 tests.
Orr said “it’s important to point out the fact that the report card system is flawed. Their (ODE) report card system is indicative of its failure.”
“It’s the misinterpretation of numbers,” he said.
Orr is not alone.
Some other area superintendents echoed Orr’s contention that the 80 percent failure rate in achievement for Ohio’s school districts is accurate, including Ross Schools Superintendent Scott Gates and Monroe Schools Superintendent Phil Cagwin.
“The accuracy of the state assessments is something I’ve always questioned,” said Cagwin. “Whether or not they are valid measurements of the performance of students … school districts?”
“Now if I’m any kind of teacher … if 80 percent of my kids fail a test, it’s not the kids fault, it’s the measurement tool,” said Cagwin.