Ohio School Report Cards Less Than Great; See Grades For Southwest, Three Rivers
By Mike Perleberg
William Henry Harrison Junior High School. File photo.
(Harrison, Oh.) – Report cards for most school districts in Ohio resemble something a student wouldn’t be excited to show their parents.
The Ohio Department of Education released the 2016-2017 school report cards Thursday. They showed a second straight year of middling scores since the state changed its testing format a couple years ago. State lawmakers allowed schools some “safe harbor” provisions after new state standards and tests implemented in 2015, but this is the final year for those protections.
Only five of 608 school districts in Ohio earned an overall A. More than half received a D or F.
Southwest Local Schools and Three Rivers Local Schools each received Cs for their district-wide grade. Southwest Local’s best grades were overall B’s for Crosby, Harrison, Miamitown, and Whitewater Valley Elementaries, but Harrison High and Middle schools received C’s.
At Three Rivers, both Taylor High School and Three Rivers Elementary received a C.
Despite the low scores, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria said there are reasons to be optimistic.
“Having set high expectations for what our students must know and be able to do, our children and schools are stepping up to the challenge. We’re seeing increases in achievement across the state. I continue to be impressed with the dedication of Ohio’s educators and our students’ desire to learn more and more,” he said.
Six components go into determining a school or district’s letter grade. They are Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. Districts and schools received A-F grades on each of the six components and most of the individual measures.
More school report card information and grades for all schools in the state can be found online at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Data/Report-Card-Resources.