Many students and their parents would be pleased if they brought home a report card with the marks the Grandview Heights City School District has received from the state.
Grandview earned all A's and B's on the 2012-13 state report card, which the Ohio Department of Education released last Thursday, Aug. 22.
Under the new report-card system, districts and schools are evaluated using letter grades rather than categories such as "excellent" or "continuous improvement."
Grandview met all 24 state standards, earning an A grade in that category.
The district also earned an A for its performance index, which measures the achievement of every student enrolled for the entire school year on a scale that peaks at 120.
Grandview's performance index of 108.2 was its highest ever and the highest this year among all central Ohio school districts.
Grandview earned another A in the value-added category.
"That's the area I think people should pay particular attention to," Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said. "If you get a C grade, it means your students have made a year's worth of academic progress over a year's time. If you get an A or B, it means they are gaining more than a year's progress over a year's time."
Grandview earned six A's and three B's on the report card.
The B grades were in the categories of value-added progress for students who rank within the lowest 20 percent of achievement statewide; annual measurable objectives, which measure the academic performance of specific groups of students, such as racial and demographic groups; and the four-year graduation rate.
An overall grade in the new report card system will not be given to districts until 2015.
O'Reilly said he believes the results on the new state report card would have again qualified the district for an overall rating of "excellent with distinction" under the old report-card system. Grandview has earned "excellent with distinction" or "excellent" ratings the last eight years.
While the report card is a valuable measuring stick, it in essence is a snapshot in time that does not necessarily present a complete picture of student performance in the district, O'Reilly said.
"There's so much data behind these letter grades, I don't know if our parents can really get a full understanding of how their child is progressing just by looking at the report-card results," he said.
Parents should make sure to stay in regular communication with teachers, O'Reilly said.