DACC Makes the Grade

July 18, 2013

On July 16th, 2013, the State Board of Education released the first simulated Ohio Career-Technical Education (CTE) Report Card. Ohio’s new CTE accountability system is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

The 2012-2013 simulated Report Card published data based on students from the 2011 graduating class who attended the Delaware Area Career Center and students who attended career-technical programs offered at area high schools, including Buckeye Valley Local Schools, Olentangy Local Schools, and Worthington City Schools.

The grades were based on the three components of:

4-Year Graduation
The proportion of students who graduated within four years of beginning the ninth grade.

5-Year Graduation
The proportion of students who graduated within five years of beginning the ninth grade.

Post-Program Outcomes
The proportion of students earning an industry certificate or credential within six months after leaving secondary education. This component also measures the proportion of students who were enrolled in postsecondary education or advanced training, in the military service or employed six months after leaving secondary education.

The Delaware Area Career Center received a 95%, an A letter grade, in both the 4 and the 5-year graduation rates and received a 94% in post-program outcome. However, a B letter grade was granted in the post-program outcomes component due to the inability to provide data for at least 85% of the graduated students. Data was provided for 81%. Since 2011 when the data was collected, the Delaware Area Career Center and associate districts have improved processes for following up with students after graduation in order to improve accurate reporting.

In response to the Report Card, Mary Beth Freeman, Superintendent at the Delaware Area Career Center stated, “The Delaware Area Career Center staff does a tremendous job of not only keeping up with the pace at which education changes, but also staying ahead of new technology, industry standards, and the ways in which our students learn. I am very proud of the work they have done to provide an outstanding education for our students. Through hard work and dedication, they have earned these grades and to them, I say ‘Congratulations.’”

Additional components, measures, and grades will be added to the CTE Report Card over time. Information regarding report cards for 2014 and beyond will be made available after receiving State Board approval, likely in late 2013.