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2013 Ohio School Report Cards


Ohio’s school report cards are changing.

The New Way

Starting with state report cards for the 2012-13 school year, Ohio will grade schools on an A-F scale. The grading system applies to school districts, traditional public schools and charter schools.

The A-F system replaces Ohio’s previous school rating system that gave school labels like “Excellent” and “Continuous Improvement.”

The A-F system will be phased in over time.

  • For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, each school and district can receive up to nine separate A-F grades, one for each area graded. Those areas include:
    • The percentage of students passing state tests;
    • How well students score on state tests;
    • A calculation showing how much progress students in grades 4-8 made in a particular school year;
    • High school graduation rates; and
    • How much progress students in certain subgroups make towards state goals for passing rates on reading and math tests and for graduation rates. This measure applies to each racial/ethnic subgroup and to students from low-income families, students with disabilities and students learning English. (This measure replaces the federal, No Child Left Behind measure called Adequate Yearly Progress.)
  • Grades in other areas will be added over the next three years.
  • Schools will not receive a single, official grade that reflects their overall performance until the 2014-15 school year.

The Old Way

Until the 2012-13 school year, Ohio gave public schools and districts one of six ratings. From best to worst, those rating are:

  • Excellent With Distinction
  • Excellent
  • Effective
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Academic Watch
  • Academic Emergency

Those grades are based on:

  • The percentage of students passing state tests;
  • How well students score on state tests;
  • A calculation showing how much progress students in grades 4-8 made in a particular school year;
  • Attendance rates;
  • High school graduation rates; and
  • Whether or not the school or district meets federal standards. (Those federal standards are called Adequate Yearly Progress and include reading and math test passing rates and test participation, attendance and graduation rates.)

In Addition

In addition to those grades, Ohio also ranks schools and districts based on how they perform on state tests.

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