TPS officials tout achievements in tough year

TPS officials tout achievements in tough year
Posted on 10/14/2021

The 2020-2021 school year was unlike any year in the history of the United States, forcing educators to find new ways to connect with students and their families.

Those efforts are reflected in the annual report cards that were released by the Ohio Department of Education on Thursday, October 14.

Toledo Public Schools is able to report that, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and having to pivot to remote learning, the district’s four year graduation has increased and the five-year graduation rate is projected to also be up. These attachments show how the district's graduation rates have climbed over the past several years - a true reason to celebrate:

Four-year graduation rate

Five-year graduation rate (through 2018-2019 school year)

Five-year graduation rate (2019-2020 school year projected)

In addition, the placement rate for TPS Career Tech students is also something administrators are very proud of for the pandemic-impacted school year:

Career Tech placements

Something that is not fully reflected in the state report card is how TPS employees stepped up when, in March 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine mandated all schools close and provide alternative learning options for students as part of his response to COVID-19. The district offered remote learning and purchased more than 30,000 Chromebooks and 5,000 hotspots to support students who did not have access to the necessary technology.

When students did return to school, TPS implemented a number of safety measures and made sure schools were equipped with the appropriate supplies, including:

  • 12,000 Face Shields
  • 400 No-Touch Thermometers
  • 21,000 Desk Shields
  • 1,000 Digital Thermometers
  • 160,000 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • 700 Sanitizing Stations
  • 110 Electrostatic Sprayers

In addition, many of the district's community partners stepped up to help distribute food, clothing, and other necessities, while others opened their doors to students so their parents could continue working. Others held outdoor activities that were intended to provide some family fun during a difficult time. 

Also, TPS offered a Virtual Academy last year as part of the district’s response to COVID-19. Because of its success, the Virtual Academy now has more than 800 students enrolled. 

Please watch this video by Stephanie Eichenberg, a member of the Toledo Board of Education, as she explains the factors that truly tell the story of the growth that is occurring within TPS, although they are not fully captured in the report card: