Ohio officials release report cards to districts after winter school closings cause delay



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COLUMBUS, Ohio — School officials got a chance Friday to see how well their students and districts are performing, as the state released new report card data following a delay from winter school closings.

The Ohio Department of Education has typically released the data in late August. School officials use the information to help identify improvement areas.

It's the second year of the state's A-F report card. State lawmakers had passed legislation requiring a letter scale for school districts, school buildings, community schools, STEM schools, career-technical schools and college preparatory boarding schools.

The letter grades replace the former five-tier rating system of categories: academic emergency, academic watch, continuous improvement, effective and excellent. Performance criteria now include graduation rates, college readiness and a host of other characteristics.

State data shows that 37 out of 610 districts received an A for their Performance Index, which measures student achievement and awards points for higher passing scores on state standardized tests. The majority — 434 districts — received a B. No schools received an F.

"Some districts and schools will see lower grades on their report cards this year in certain areas because Ohio has raised the bar," state Superintendent Richard Ross said.

Schools and districts won't receive an overall letter grade until 2016, giving districts time to adjust to new learning standards and state tests.

The extended rollout is intended to prevent schools from experiencing sudden drops in rankings as the state moves to a more rigorous evaluation system.


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Ohio Report Cards: http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov

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