COLUMBUS — River Valley Local Schools and Tri-Rivers Career Center each earned an overall grade of B on the latest state report card, released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
Elgin Local, Pleasant Local, and Ridgedale Local each received a C on the 2019 report card. Marion City Schools received a D.
Pleasant Local was the only district in Marion County to experience a change in its overall letter grade from 2018.
Last year, Pleasant Local and River Valley Local each received an overall grade of B. Elgin Local and Ridgedale Local each received a C grade. Marion City received a D.
This marks the second year that districts and individual schools have received letter grades from ODE. The overall grade is based on scores calculated in six broader component categories measured by the Ohio Department of Education. The six components are Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers, Graduation Rate, and Prepared for Success.
Following is a breakdown of how each school district in Marion County fared in each of the six component categories on the 2019 report card, with the 2018 grade in parentheses:
Elgin Local: Achievement D (D), Progress A (B), Gap Closing F (B), Graduation Rate A (A), Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers D (D), Prepared for Success F (F).
Marion City: Achievement D (D), Progress F (D), Gap Closing F (D), Graduation Rate C (C), Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers D (D), Prepared for Success F (F).
Pleasant Local: Achievement D (C), Progress B (B), Gap Closing B (B), Graduation Rate A (A), Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers D (C), Prepared for Success C (D).
Ridgedale Local: Achievement D (D), Progress B (B), Gap Closing F (B), Graduation Rate B (B), Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers C (D), Prepared for Success F (F).
River Valley Local: Achievement C (C), Progress B (B), Gap Closing B (B), Graduation Rate A (A), Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers B (A), Prepared for Success F (F).
ODE gives grades to career-technical planning districts (joint vocational school districts) in four component categories: Achievement, Prepared for Success, Graduation Rate, and Post-Program Outcomes.
Tri-Rivers Career Center received the following component grades for 2019, with the 2018 grades in parentheses: Achievement D (D), Prepared for Success C (F), Graduation Rate A (A), and Post-Program Outcomes A (C).
According to ODE, 80 percent of districts received a grade of C or better this year. More than 30 percent received a B or higher grade.
Seventy percent of individual schools received a C grade or higher on this year’s report card. ODE reported that the overall grades of 666 schools improved from 2018. Eighty-six of those schools improved their scores by at least two letter grades.
“This year’s report cards show continuous improvement is ongoing and that, across Ohio, we are getting better and better at challenging, preparing and empowering each child,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “We are seeing positive results from the focus on equity, partnerships and quality schools for all students. I applaud the hard work by students, teachers, parents and community members that has led to the progress we see.
“That said, we must keep pushing forward,” he added. “We will continue to implement Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s shared strategic plan for education, and keep looking for ways to more effectively serve the state’s 1.7 million students.”
To view complete district report card information, visit reportcard.education.ohio.gov.
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