TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Toledo Public Schools has received a "continuous improvement" designation from the state after its fifth consecutive year of improvement. However, administrators said their work is nowhere near over.
"I think we can improve quicker," said Jim Gault, TPS' Chief Academic Officer. "I think our community expects more. We expect more, and our students deserve more."
Five schools received an "excellent" designation, 13 schools received "effective" and 17 schools received "continuous improvement." However nine schools are under "academic watch," and ten are designated as an "academic emergency."
The district's graduation rate also went down by a few points, with about 20 percent of students not graduating in four years.
Despite these setbacks, TPS set a big goal. The district wants to get an "effective" rating within two years.
"I know it's possible. We are looking at what's working in this district, what's working across our nation, and implementing it in Toledo," Gault said. "We are going to have challenges. We're going to reach out to the community. We need them to get involved."
The district has several plans in place to tackle the goal including Race to the Top, the new K-8 neighborhood school system and early high school classes for middle school students.
Administrators said the programs will work, pointing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys as an example.
The school was one of the district's "academic emergency" schools last year. The school implemented the RAISE program, in which teachers came in to classrooms and worked with third graders on their reading. The school moved up two designations to "continuous improvement" this year.
"Our staff has worked really hard this year to improve our scores, and it showed," said Jeanne Halada, a teacher at King Academy.
The district plans to expand the RAISE program and expect to see further improvement. The district also touted nearly a 95 percent attendance rate and a continual decrease in suspensions.
The following is the complete list of TPS' school rankings:
WTOL 11 was the first Toledo news station to reveal the state's report cards.
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