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 . . .


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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%).

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 2017, 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 2016-17, our district scored better than 44% of the 1st grade students across the country.


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




Middle School and High School English Language Arts (ELA) achievement percentiles show strong growth over time for students. The ELA Achievement Percentiles from 2014 to 2017 indicate every grade level, 6th through 10th grade, showed significant growth. In 2017, all grade levels fell within the average range compared to students across the country.


For example: In 10th grade in 2014-15, our district scored better than 32% of the 10th grade students in reading across the country. In 2016-17, our district scored better than 46% of the 10th 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 2017 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 2016-17, our district scored better than 47% of the 1st grade students across the country.


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






Secondary Math Achievement Percentiles show strong growth over time for students. The Math Achievement Percentiles from 2014 to 2017 indicate every grade level, 6th through 10th grade, showed growth. Regardless of beginning achievement levels, all grade levels are improving.


For example: In 8th grade in 2014-15, our district scored better than 26% of the 8th grade students in math across the country. In 2016-17, our district scored better than 35% of the 8th 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, 99% 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 three year trend data for students who are “On Track” in reading, as measured by MAP, is improving each year in grades K, 2, and 3. The trend for third grade students over the past three years, for example, shows more than a 20 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 43% of our students meet or exceed their individualized goal in English Language Arts (Reading). In 2016-17, we have dramatically improved to 60% of our students meeting or exceeding their individualized stretch goal.


There are similar positive trends in math.