Six schools in Dublin equaled what the entire school district achieved on the 2007-08 state report card.

Six schools in Dublin equaled what the entire school district achieved on the 2007-08 state report card.

Thomas, Indian Run, Bailey and Wyandot elementary schools, and Davis and Sells middle schools all received the Ohio Department of Education's highest rating of "excellent with distinction."

The report cards for school districts and individual schools were released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Education, although Dublin City Schools announced last week that it had earned the A+ rating from the state.

The "excellent with distinction" rating is new to this year's report card. Schools receiving the rating must be designated "excellent" and exceed value-added goals for two consecutive years.

Other Dublin schools all received "excellent" ratings. High schools were not eligible for the "excellent with distinction" ratings because they were not included in the "value-added" measure that looks at student progress from one year to the next in math and reading. The value-added measure only applies to grades four through eight.

At last week's staff convocation, Superintendent David Axner offered congratulations "for a job well done."

The district's performance index (PI), which increases based on the number of students scoring at the proficient, accelerated and advanced levels, went from 103.7 last year to 105.1 this year. The highest index score possible is 120.

All three high schools improved their PI this year, with Coffman going from 109.3 to 109.5, Jerome going from 111.3 to 111.5 and Scioto going from 104.6 to 105.2.

All of this is good news for a district that expected to drop to "continuous improvement" this year because some subgroups of students -- based on race, special needs or economic classifications -- failed to meet the AYP (adequate yearly progress) requirements on the report card for the third year. The drop would have come despite the district meeting all 30 standards on this year's report card, Axner said.

Instead, the state added a new way for districts to meet AYP on this year's report card, the "growth model," which tracks the academic progress of individual students. If non-proficient students improve academically from one year to the next and are on track to being proficient within the next two years, they are counted proficient for the current report card year, according to the Ohio Department of Education.