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Delaware, Big Walnut fare well on new state report cards

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The Delaware City School District scored mostly A's and B's on the 2012-13 report card, but an F also reared its ugly head in one subcategory.

The Ohio Department of Education released the state report cards Thursday, Aug. 22, with a new grading system in place that awards letter grades rather than the previous "Excellent" or "Continuous Improvement."

Districts will not receive an overall letter grade until 2015, but grades were noted in several different areas. Delaware schools received the highest rating of "Excellent with Distinction" on last year's state report card -- a vast improvement from the second-lowest "Academic Watch" rating of a little more than a decade ago.

The district met 23 of 24 state standards, earning an A grade in that category.

On performance index, which measures the achievement of every student enrolled for the entire school year, the district earned a B.

The district was given an A in the value-added category, which measures how much progress students make over the course of a school year.

However, Delaware got an F grade in the subcategory of value-added for gifted students.

The district earned a B in value-added for disabled students, and another B for its four-year graduation rate. It scored an A in value-added for students in the lowest 20 percent.

Superintendent Paul Craft said he was pleased with the grades for the district's overall performance.

"The metrics that cover overall performance of our student body as a whole showed us with all A's and B's -- very good grades," Craft said.

"The rating I most value to tell us how we are doing broadly as a district is overall value-added," he said. "We received an A on this ranking, which means that for the third year in a row, the average student in the Delaware City Schools grew substantially more than the average student in the state of Ohio."

The Big Walnut Local School District met all 24 standards on the new report card, scoring an A in the category.

The district earned a B for its performance-index score and an A in overall value-added.

However, in some value-added subcategories, such as those regarding disabled students and those in the lowest 20 percent, the district earned C grades. In addition, Big Walnut scored a D in value-added for gifted students.

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