The Dublin City School District is among the highest-scoring districts in Franklin County.

The Dublin City School District is among the highest-scoring districts in Franklin County.

State report cards released Aug. 24 gave the school district an "excellent with distinction" rating, putting it among seven other districts in Franklin County to get an "A-plus" grade.

Superintendent David Axner said the district's performance-index score puts it above others in Franklin County, though. The district earned 106.9 points out of a possible 120.

"If you look, the achievement is the performance-index score, and this year we can be labeled the highest-achieving district in Franklin County," Axner said. "That's the first time we know that happened. If you think of some of the districts we're being compared to in Franklin County, that's something to be proud of."

Upper Arlington scored 106.8 points on the performance index, Bexley 105.8, Worthington 103.1 and New Albany 106.6.

On the 2009-10 report card, Dublin earned a 105.8 on the performance index.

The performance-index score is just one measurement the Ohio Department of Education includes on the report card. The other measurements are 26 state standards, adequate yearly progress and value-added.

The district met all 26 state standards and AYP and exceeded academic growth expectations measured by valued-added on the report card.

The value-added portion of the report card measures "how much progress was made since the prior year" in reading and math for grades 4-8, the ODE website stated, and had some changes this year. The standard measures whether students received a year's worth of instruction for a year's worth of attendance. Districts could exceed, meet or fall below progress in the value-added measurement.

"The state has changed the statistical calculation (for value-added), and it makes it much more difficult," Axner said. "This was something we knew was coming. It does make individual grade levels and subject areas much more difficult to hit for value-added. The good thing about these reports is that they help us focus on what we need to improve on and specific areas we need to continue to work on. With value-added, we still improve, but the bar was raised, and it's more difficult to get the above (rating) on categories."

All 19 schools in the district met or exceeded value-added on the report card.

Meeting AYP also grew more difficult for the 2010-11 report card.

"AYP is a federally required measure that is included in Ohio's accountability system," ODE's website states. Every school and district must meet AYP goals that are established for reading and mathematics proficiency and test preparation, attendance rate and graduation rate.

The goals for AYP increase over time, based on a formula outlined in federal law, and this year increased.

Despite the changes, the district maintained the highest state rating for the eighth year in a row.

Axner said little time would be spent on celebrating.

"I was very pleased, and I think this is temporary, just like with any win or achievement. You celebrate and then start to break it down and work with it for this upcoming school year," he said. "I think our community can be very proud that we have the highest-achieving district in Franklin County."

Teachers and staff will use the data from the state report card and take direction from it for the 2011-12 school year, Axner said.

"I think what's happened around the district -- and I've had a lot of conversations on the data released -- is, we've got so many teachers now that are taking this data personally," he said. "They're looking at the classroom level, at their own grade level and their own building. I've never seen energy like what we've captured around here."