District Profile

How do we measure student success beyond the 2017-18 Ohio School Report Cards?

Seven years ago, the Akron Public Schools decided to create our own “report card” system so we could accurately and fairly measure student progress. Since Ohio state tests and report card measures kept changing every year, we knew the only way to get a year after year consistent snapshot of our student success was to create our own profiles. We are pleased to report our progress below using a consistent and rigorous national academic test (i.e., NWEA - MAP), as well as progress on high priority indicators in the arts and college and career readiness.

Our student success is not defined solely by test scores . . .

Fine Arts

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College & Career Readiness Through Family & Partner Engagement

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College credits earned in 2017-18 by our students while still in high school: 9,713

Scholarships awarded to class of 2018: $16.8 million

Internship and job shadowing hours completed by students: 14,373

Percentage of graduates from 36 career education programs who are successfully enrolled in college, actively employed or enlisted in the military upon graduation: 90.7%

Number of businesses working with our North High School students in their new College and Career Academy: 50

Over 84% of Akron Public School parents/guardians responded "Agreed" or "Strongly Agreed" on the following statements from an independently conducted family survey (total = 2,501)

  • I feel comfortable at my child’s school.
  • I feel comfortable talking with my child’s teacher(s).
  • The school is flexible in scheduling parent/teacher conferences so I can attend.
  • Adults in this school expect my child to do his/her best.
  • Calls, emails or notes to school staff are answered within 48 hours.
  • The school provides our family with workshops, information, programs and resources.

Highly Trained Faculty

In 2017-18, all preschool through 12th grade faculty participated in a minimum of 42 hours of professional development. Additional targeted professional development was provided to key content area faculty ranging from 6 to 32 hours.

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Graduation Comparisons

Significantly Higher Graduation Rate When Students Stay in Akron Public Schools all 4 Years of High School

If students stay in the Akron Public Schools all four years of their high school career, they have a significantly higher graduation rate (81.74%) compared to students who move in or out of the district resulting in fewer than four years with our faculty (48%). The 4 year rate was calculated using the June 2016 graduation class and the 5 year rate was calculated using the graduation class of June 2015.

English Language Arts (Reading) and Math Achievement Percentiles

A percentile is a statistical measure of distribution or in simpler terms, it shows where our students' reading scores rank compared to all other students across the country. For example, if a student scores in the 72nd percentile on an exam, it means he/she scored higher than 72 percent of all the students across the country who took the same exam and only 28 percent of all the students across the country scored higher than the student. If students fall below the 25th percentile, they are considered “below average,” students within the 25th to 75th percentile are “average,” and students above the 75th percentile are “enriched.”

Strong Improvements Year to Year in English Language Arts (Reading) Achievement

Elementary English Language Arts (ELA) achievement percentiles show strong growth over time for students. In 2018, all grade levels fell within the average range compared to students across the country.

For example: In 1st grade in 2014-15, our district scored better than 34% of the 1st grade students in reading across the country. In 2017-18, our district scored better than 42% of the 1st grade students across the country.

This chart lists percentiles not percentages. These are two different things (see explanation above).



Middle School (ELA) achievement percentiles show strong growth over time for students. The ELA Achievement Percentiles from 2014 to 2018 indicate grades 6th and 7th showed significant growth. In all grade levels fell within the average range compared to students across the country.

For example: In 7th grade in 2014-15, our district scored better than 23% of the 7th grade students in reading across the country. In 2017-18, our district scored better than 34% of the 7th grade students across the country.

This chart lists percentiles not percentages. These are two different things (see explanation above).


Strong Improvements Year to Year in Math Achievement

Elementary Math Achievement Percentiles show strong growth over time for students. The Math Achievement Percentiles from 2014 to 2018 indicate every grade level, Kindergarten through 5th grade, showed significant growth.

For example: In 1st grade in 2014-15, our district scored better than 34% of the 1st grade students in math across the country. In 2017-18, our district scored better than 43% of the 1st grade students across the country.

This chart lists percentiles not percentages. These are two different things (see explanation above).



Middle School Math Achievement Percentiles show strong growth over time for students. The Math Achievement Percentiles from 2014 to 2018 indicate grades 6 and 7 showed growth.

For example: In 7th grade in 2014-15, our district scored better than 22% of the 7th grade students in math across the country. In 2017-18, our district scored better than 27% of the 7th grade students across the country.

This chart lists percentiles not percentages. These are two different things (see explanation above).



Third Grade Reading Guarantee Promotion Data




For the past four years, at least 98.5% of our third graders met the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and were promoted to fourth grade.


Even though the state keeps raising the bar every year to meet the promotion score, we continue to have one of the highest promotion rates across the state.





The four year trend data for students who are “On Track” in reading, as measured by MAP, is improving.

The trend for third grade students over the past four years, for example, shows a 18 point gain in the percentage of students “On Track” in reading.


Individualized Student Growth

Every student in the Akron Public Schools also has an individualized MAP goal in English Language Arts and Math to make sure students are closing any gaps in their learning.

In 2013-14, we had 44% of our students meet or exceed their individualized goal in English Language Arts (Reading). In 2017-18, we have dramatically improved to 58% of our students meeting or exceeding their individualized stretch goal.

There are similar positive trends in math.