Lexington School District Two receives improved report card rating after review
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Lexington School District Two officials got some good news this week about the efforts of district students, teachers and administrators.
When the state Department of Education released the annual report cards in November, Lexington Two maintained its “average” absolute rating, but its improvement rating declined from “good” to “at-risk” for the 2013-14 school term.
After district officials reviewed the numbers they submitted and couldn't find a reason for the lower improvement rating, they reached out to the state Education Oversight Committee for further inspection of the data.
Chief Instructional Officer Marcella Heyward-Evans said the committee also could not explain the drop to “at-risk” and suggested the district ask the state Department of Education to recheck its calculations. The results came in Wednesday and were doubly good news for the district.
Not only did the improvement rating improve from “at-risk” to “below average,” but the district also received a new absolute rating of “good” instead of “average.”
“I am extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of our appeal. We appreciate the state Department’s process which allows districts to appeal ratings when there appears to be differences in the alignment of our respective data sets,” Superintendent Venus Holland said.
Lexington Two hasn’t achieved a “good” absolute rating since 2005.
“Our absolute rating index would increase each year, and over time, but always remained in the ‘average’ category. To this end, the movement into the ‘good’ category validates the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community stakeholders,” Heyward-Evans said.
“Our teachers, administrators, and our instructional division … have demonstrated a laser-like focus on improving the academic achievement of our children,” Holland said. “I am proud of our children and the professionals who serve them. In Lexington Two, failure is not an option.”