The Ohio Department of Education has made it official: The Grandview Heights City School District has earned an "excellent with distinction" rating on the 2011-12 state report card.
The state released the official numbers Feb. 27 that confirm the preliminary data the district received last summer. The release of the final results was delayed as the state investigated several school districts, including Columbus City Schools, for allegedly altering data. Grandview was not one of the districts under investigation.
The district met all 26 of the state indicators on the 2011-12 report card.
"The results are very much what we thought they would be all along," Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said.
It is the eighth consecutive year Grandview has earned an "excellent" or "excellent with distinction" rating, he said.
"It's always good to be in one of those categories," O'Reilly said. " 'Excellent with distinction' means our students are showing more than a year's growth over a year's time for several years."
Grandview's Performance Index score of 107.3 placed it among the best Franklin County districts, he said. The district also saw its ranking among all Ohio school districts rise to 44th place from 65th place on the last state report card.
The district's Performance Index score on the 2010-11 report card was 106.2; it was 104.7 two years ago.
The Performance Index reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for the full academic year and is a weighted average that includes all tested subjects and grades as well as untested students.
The district also met adequate yearly progress and showed above expected growth in its Value Added rating. The Value Added rating represents the progress a district has made with its students since last school year.
"We would not be able to achieve these results without the hard work of our teachers, staff and students and the emphasis on the importance of education our parents instill in their children," O'Reilly said. "Our students come to school ready to learn."
This year marks the last time districts will be evaluated under the current report-card system.
Beginning next fall, the state will begin the transition to a new system that will use letter grades to evaluate districts' performance.
The best way for parents to understand how well their child is doing in school is by not relying on the state report card, but by meeting with the students' teachers to discuss their performance in depth, O'Reilly said.