The Liberty School District was among the majority of Trumbull County schools that earned an effective rating from the Ohio Department of Education's Academic Report Cards from the 2008-09 school year.
Schools performance is based on state indicators that measure the achievement and progress of students within a school building or district. Four separate measures are used to assign one of six designations to districts. These designations are excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency. Of 30 indicators used to determine a districts designation, Liberty schools met 21 with a performance index of 94.1 points out of a possible 120.
The high school and middle school buildings each received an Excellent ratings, with the elementary school rating Effective. The district's total rating was Effective. Achievement tests in reading, mathematics, writing, science and social studies, depending on each grade level, allow schools to earn performance credits.
''In spite of local, state and national funding hurdles, I'm very proud our staff has remained focused in student learning and achievement,'' said Mark Lucas, superintendent of the Liberty Local School District.
''When compared with other districts, I think we stack up pretty well, but we are not resting,'' Lucas said. ''We still have a lot of work to be done.''
The state requires at least 75 percent of students tested in grades 3, 8 and 10 score proficient or higher on achievement tests. Liberty third-graders scored 71.8 percent in reading and 78.8 percent in mathematics.
Tenth-grade Ohio Graduation Test-takers scored higher than 75 percent required. The lowest scores were in science at 76.7 percent, with the highest in writing at 94.5 percent. Eleventh-grade OGT scores were even higher with 85.3 percent in science and 96.3 percent in reading. Attendance rates for Liberty schools was 94.5 percent.
Statewide more than 85 percent of school districts and almost 72 percent of school buildings received ratings of Effective or higher on this year's report cards. These figures include 116 districts and 215 schools that have earned the Excellent with Distinction designation.
Over the last decade, statewide student scores on the report have increased 26 percent.