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Dayton Public Schools Avoids State Takeover

Sep 16, 2016

This year’s release of school report cards brought good news to Dayton Public Schools.


The report revealed the district will avoid a 2018 takeover by the state’s academic distress commission. That’s because for the first time ever,  it earned an A rating in the value-added category, which measures student progress.

DPS was on track for takeover because it scored F’s in both that category and in overall performance for 3 straight years.

But, the district still received an F for overall performance this year, and all other categories rated by the report card.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr says despite the good news, they’re not quite out of the woods yet.

“There’s still a sense of urgency. I can’t stress that enough. I mean look at the rest of the report card. There’s still a sense of urgency.  And you know until we have a 100% graduation rate, there has to be a sense of urgency. We have to make sure that we’re reaching all of our kids.”

Corr said they’re working to improve their ratings by focusing on reducing absenteeism, recruiting high quality staff, and providing after-school intervention programs for at-risk students.