September 15, 2023
Dear Brooklyn City Schools Students, Families, Staff and School Community,
I hope this message finds you having a great start to the 23/24 school year. I write to you today to share some positive news about the academic progress of our school district.
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the results of school district performance on the State Report Card for the 2022-2023 school year. The state’s Local Report Card gives our community a snapshot of the progress made by the Brooklyn City Schools in raising achievement and academic growth from the previous school year. As a result, schools and districts now receive star ratings for five components instead of traditional letter grades.
Recently, we received our State Report Card, and I am delighted to inform you that our school has achieved an overall district rating of 4 Stars (exceeds state standards in academic achievement). These results reflect the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our entire school community - from our incredible students and their families to our talented educators and staff members.
While the numbers on the report card are certainly something to be proud of, I want to emphasize that “our story” lies in the collective effort and collaboration that defines our school district each and every day. While important, our report card results shared by the Ohio Department of Education provides a “limited snapshot” of academic achievement and growth assessment data. Nonetheless, we are grateful for the overall progress our district has made and will continue to use all assessment data and programming results to make improvements in our academic programming. There is always room to grow, and in the next few weeks our staff will begin to identify areas that continue to challenge our students and staff on a daily basis, allowing us to provide the best opportunities for our students.
Brooklyn City Schools received ratings in 6 areas: Overall Rating, Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation and Early Literacy. Additionally, both Brooklyn High School and Brooklyn School each received component ratings, including an overall building rating. A summary of the results is featured below and can also be viewed on the Ohio Department of Education website.
At the Brooklyn Board of Education Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, Ms. Lisa Deliz, Director of Teaching and Learning and other members of the BCS Administrative Team, will present the most recent report card results, along with additional progress updates on other key programming initiatives and assessment data from last school year. The focus of this presentation will be both informational and to learn about the district’s future strategic planning in the area of student achievement, academic growth and student programming. I encourage you to view the presentation on October 17th by visiting the district’s YouTube channel.
I want to thank the Board of Education, faculty, classified staff, administrators and families for the continued support in advancing the achievement and growth of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions!
Dr. Theodore Caleris, Superintendent
Brooklyn City Schools