Covington schools make the grade

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Covington Exempted Village School District received positive feedback on its 2014-2015 state report card this week, earning five A’s, one B, and three C’s. The district did not receive less than a C letter grade in any of the categories.

“At Covington, we would always like to see an A in every category, but we’re extremely happy with the scores we received,” Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding said on Friday.

Covington scored highest in the categories of Achievement and Graduation Rates. Under Achievement, this grade combines two results for students who took the state tests. The first result — Performance Index — answers the question, “How many students passed the state test?” Covington schools received a B, indicating that 80.3 percent of students passed.

The second result — Indicators Met — answers the question, “How well did students do on the state test?” Covington schools received an A.

Under Graduation Rates, Covington schools received two A’s in response to the question of, “How many ninth graders graduated in four years or five years?” The report cards stated that 98 percent of students graduated in four years and 97.6 percent of students graduated in five years.

Covington schools received mixed feedback under the Progress category.

This is the district’s average progress for its students in math and reading, grades 4-8. It looked at how much each student learned in a year. It sought to answer the questions, “Did the students get a year’s worth of growth? Did they get more? Did they get less?”

Under Value-Added in that category, Covington schools received an A overall and an A for students in the lowest 20 percent in Achievement. Covington then received C’s under Value-Added for gifted students and for students with disabilities.

Covington schools also received a C in the Gap Closing category. This grade shows how well all students are doing in the district in reading, math, and graduation. It answers the question, “Is every student succeeding, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or disability?”

“We will take the data that we received from this assessment, and we will analyze it and use it to get better in areas that we’re not graded in an A,” Gooding said.

Gooding added that state testing is only one way of measuring the success of a school district.

“Our focus will never be just testing,” Gooding said. “We use this as a tool to help us evaluate our programs, but obviously we’re going to continue to provide the best all around education that we can for our kids.”

Gooding then expressed appreciation for everyone at Covington schools for doing their part to earn those scores.

“I am very proud of … our teachers, our support staff, and our students for doing so well on the grade card,” Gooding said. “We’re very happy with our scores … Our overall objective will be to continue to provide a well-rounded education,” Gooding said.

The full district report card can be viewed at

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall