Orange Students Rated EXCELLENT on State Assessments!
The Orange City School District congratulates our students on earning an Excellent rating on the 2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment and Ohio Graduation Test. This is the 13th year Orange students have earned the top ranking and performed well overall above the state average. Orange passed all 26 state indicators. As a District, our students are meeting state expectations for adequate yearly progress (AYP). Our value added results show, on average, expected growth or gains in student achievement across the district. Our Performance Index (PI) is among the best in the area at 106.4. The PI measures how well each student in the District does on all tested subjects.
The results continue to demonstrate a challenge for the District in closing the achievement gap among our various sub groups. Orange’s educational staff has been addressing this by examining and adjusting the learning process, utilizing targeted programs and studying data to provide additional supports and intervention at the building, classroom and individual student levels. In addition, we are implementing staff diversity training and adult mentoring opportunities for students. We are addressing the achievement gap and cultural and social differences to ensure all students show growth and achieve their best.
While these numbers and figures may describe us, we do not allow them to define us. Our quality can be seen in the inspiring, authentic work of our students. As the District continues to think about transformation, the Orange Story focuses on student engagement through life-long learning skills, critical thinking, collaboration, innovation, technology integration and communication. As part of our focus on Next Generation Learning (NxGL), students will develop comprehensive digital portfolios that showcase their work throughout their education at Orange Schools. We will continue to use these and other system approaches to maintain our excellence while addressing our challenges.
We also would like to share that Orange students performed well on several other assessments. A total of 108 students at Orange High School have earned 122 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards from the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams, including 14 National AP Scholars. The District also placed among the best high schools in the state on AP Exams with 85 percent of our students scoring a college level proficiency of 3, 4 or 5 and earning a very high overall average of 4.34. OHS also has 15 students who earned recognition in National Scholarship Programs, including five National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and three National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists who will have the opportunity to be named finalist and earn scholarships.
On the 2012 ACT exam, 150 OHS students earned an average composite score of 24.5. This is the highest score we have achieved in the five-year trend period covered in the ACT Executive Summary report. The score also was the highest in six years, the third consecutive year of increases, and greater than the state average. On the 2012 SAT exam, 100 OHS students earned a 577 in Critical Reading, 589 in Math and 575 in Writing. These were the highest scores ever for Orange surpassing the record set last year and well above the state average. In 2012, Orange ranked second and third among Northeast Ohio Schools by Newsweek and the Washington Post, respectively.
We have been working with teachers to transform our District into one that appropriately reflects the needs of today’s children. It is because of this capacity and the innovative work of our teachers that Orange had the honor of being the only area school district and one of only three in the state asked to initially be part of the national Partnership for Next Generation Learning (NxGL). Orange was chosen for NxGL because of its readiness to show the nation what is possible in education when systems are designed to provide a learner-centered, innovative experience for all students. Along with comprehensive student digital portfolios, our NxGL goals include strengthened mentorship programs and innovative programs across the District. The six attributes of NxGL include world class knowledge and skills; student agency; performance based learning; personalized learning; anytime, anywhere learning; and comprehensive systems of support. For more information on NxGL, please visit our web site at www.orangeschools.org.