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ODE Releases First Portion of the Delayed 2015 State Report Card
After a multi-week delay by the state in reporting the 2015 assessments, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released a portion of the 2015 State Report Card for public school districts on January 14, 2016. This first part includes the K-3 Literacy, the Prepared for Success measures, and graduation rate. The remaining state reports are scheduled for a late February 2016 release.

According to ODE, this is a one-time delay due to the transition to new assessments. Results are usually released by the state in the early fall. Due to the delays and inaccurate information in the state report, we cannot rely on these scores for an accurate measure of student success. Here is what we are able to share at this time:

Graduation Rate
Orange High School earned an “A” in the Graduation Rate category. Of those students who graduated, more than 98 percent matriculated to college.

K-3 Literacy
K-3 Literacy measures students growth in reading from kindergarten through third grade. The state did not provide Orange Schools with a score in this category due to the minimal number of students who needed to show growth.

Orange Schools are proud to share with you that 100 percent of our third graders passed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee portion of the K-3 Literacy measure using state approved assessments.

Prepared for Success
Prepared for Success measures to see if students who graduate are ready for college or a career based on exams like the ACT and SAT. Due to several inaccuracies in the state’s report, the Orange Schools are appealing the results. So, accurate figures are not available at this time. Also, letter grades will not be used for this measure until next year’s results are ready.

To give you some insight into the results at Orange High School, the Class of 2015 earned composite scores of 25.1 on the ACT and 1788 on the SAT. The SAT results have increased every year for the past five years.

A total of 237 students took 610 Advanced Placement exams and 80.1 percent earned a college ready score of 3 or higher. A total of 138 students earned AP awards from the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement. OHS offers 22 AP courses and 17 honors courses.

State Testing Waiver

Orange is working towards developing its own assessments that better measure the learning of its students. As you may know, Orange is one of only a handful of school districts in Ohio to receive a “conditional approval” by the Ohio Department of Education for a five-year waiver on state mandated testing. The waiver now has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This request is possible due to the District’s affiliation with the Ohio Innovation Lab Network (ILN). In the meantime, the District relies on the current state tests as just one of many ways to assess student learning.