Johnstown Independent

ODE letter grades J-M scores four A's, B's, one D on report card


All in all, Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools fared well on the new state report card, which was released Aug. 22.

The district received four A's, four B's and one D on the new letter-grade format.

The 2012-13 report card assigns letter grades in up to nine performance areas. Prior report cards assessed schools and districts mostly on achievement test results and rated them using such descriptors as "excellent" or "academic watch."

Johnstown-Monroe schools last year were rated "excellent with distinction," the highest rating awarded to a district.

On the new report, Johnstown received an A grade in achievement, meeting all 24 state standards.

The district also earned A's in overall value-added, disabled value-added and four-year graduation rates (2012).

Johnstown received B's for performance index, gifted value-added, lowest-20-percent value-added and five-year graduate rates (2011).

The district's lowest mark, a D, was in annual measurable objectives, a new measurement that replaces adequate yearly progress.

Districts won't receive an overall letter grade until 2015.

"This report card gives us an opportunity to make huge strides for the boys and girls of Ohio," said Richard A. Ross, state superintendent. "We can celebrate our successes and work together hand in hand with our communities to improve the areas where we have struggled."

In addition to using easier-to-understand letter grades, the new report-card system is meant to provide parents, taxpayers, school administrators and teachers with a more comprehensive look at the performance of schools and districts.