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Another 'excellent with distinction' for district

District again earns highest state rating

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The Grandview Heights City School District will maintain its "excellent with distinction" rating on this year's state report card, according to preliminary results released last week by the Ohio Department of Education.

Grandview met all 26 state standards, according to the data released by the department, which includes preliminary district and school ratings, performance index and attendance rate information.

The State Board of Education delayed the planned August release of local report cards because of the state auditor's investigation into allegations of data manipulation by some school districts, including Columbus City Schools.

Grandview is not one of the districts under investigation.

The information released by the department of education is preliminary and the official local report cards are not expected to be released until the auditor's investigation is completed.

Grandview Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said he is pleased with the district's results, especially seeing its performance index score increase by a full point over the 2010-11 report card.

The district's performance index score is 107.3, compared to 106.2 on last year's report card.

The performance index is a weighted average that includes all tested subjects and grades plus the number of untested students. The greatest weight is given to advanced scores.

Grandview also once again scored "above" in value-added growth, indicating students achieved more than one year of academic progress in a year.

The district easily met the 75 percent passage rate on all state achievement tests and on the Ohio Graduation Test taken by sophomores and juniors.

Grandview also met the adequate yearly progress, graduation rate and attendance rate standards set by the state.

"It's important to remember the state report card is only a snapshot of a point in time" and does not present a complete picture of the education Grandview students receive, O'Reilly said.

The biggest impact of the delay in the release of the official report card is on "community members who want to know our results," he said.

The data from the state have become "so sophisticated" that districts are able to pinpoint individual students' results and develop a plan to address each student's needs, O'Reilly said.

The district received individual student data over the summer, so it has been able to begin working to address their individual needs, he said.

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