During the 2017-2018 school year, students in Ohio participated in the AIR standardized tests. These tests are designed to measure how well students master the knowledge and skills they should have in each grade according to Ohio’s Learning Standards.
How are the test scores used?
Our focus is on individual student growth, and we realize that the test is only one snapshot in time. In Springboro Schools, the results are another tool to know your child and to continue improving our local schools. We use data--including standardized test scores--to drive instruction, to differentiate, to connect with our students, and to find the individual ways that engage, prepare, inspire and challenge all learners.
The scores are also used by the State of Ohio to in our district’s report card, which is expected to be released this fall. Again, the test is a snapshot. Look for our district’s Quality Profile later this fall to outline the full scope of our district, including the achievements of our students across a broad range of courses, competitions, and activities. We look at a variety of factors that illustrate our district’s performance: Advanced Placement course participation and scores, ACT scores, our graduation rate, our students’ performance on AIMS, and IOWA tests.
When will the state report card be issued?
We expect the report card to be released in mid-September. As soon as the Ohio Department of Education releases its Ohio School Report Cards for districts and schools, we will look at our district data in comparison with similar districts and in our area. We will look for trends in our district, among similar schools, and across the state. Districts report information on performance in six broad categories: K-3 Literacy, Progress, Achievement, Gap Closing, Graduation Rates, and Prepared for Success.
As always, we encourage parents to talk to their child’s teachers when they have questions.