DANVILLE — Danville Local Schools are excellent, according to 2009-10
report cards recently released by The Ohio Department of Education. The report
cards use four main sets of data to evaluate schools: State indicators, which
are based on state assessments, attendance and graduation rates; the performance
index, which reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for the full
academic year; adequate yearly progress for all subgroups, a federal requirement;
and the value-added measure.
Danville is an excellent district, having met 16 of 26 indicators, achieved a performance index score of 92.3 and exceeded value-added expectations. The Danville student body is 48.9 percent economically disadvantaged, and 26.3 percent are students with disabilities.
Danville Elementary received an “effective” rating, as did the high school and middle school. The elementary met five of 10 indicators; the high school nine of 12; and the middle school four of six. The middle school also exceeded value-added expectations. Danville Elementary had a performance index score of 90, the middle school achieved a 94.6 and the high school, 94.1.
“We’re happy for the progress we are making,” said Superintendent Dan Harper. “We’ve made some improvements, but we still have some work to do to be where we want to be. The value-added is where we are showing we are improving. A plus symbol indicates a district or a school has achieved more than one year of expected year of growth for their students. Because we had a “plus” on the value-added measure, that’s what moved us up from an effective to an excellent school district.