Southwest Licking principals have analyzed the Ohio Department of Education's state report-card grades for individual school buildings and the buildings had mostly mixed reviews.

Southwest Licking principals have analyzed the Ohio Department of Education's state report-card grades for individual school buildings and the buildings had mostly mixed reviews.

The principals told the school board last month there's much to be happy about, but much work also must be done to raise low scores and maintain high grades.

"There is some good news, I feel," said Etna Elementary School principal Paula Englert.

No buildings or districts will receive an overall letter grade from the state until 2015. Until then, the state issues individual grades for individual aspects of education. These aspects include:

* Achievement, which combines performance index (how many students passed the state test) and indicators met (how well the students did on the state test).

* Gap closing, which answers the question, "Is every student succeeding regardless of income, race, culture or disability?"

* Progress, which is the school's average progress for its students in math and reading, grades 4-8. Categories include overall, gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement and students with disabilities.

* Graduation rate, which applies only to the high school.

For these reports, failing grades meant that students are not making adequate progress from grade to grade. They do not mean students are failing academically.

Etna Elementary School

Englert said the performance index was a B and indicators met was a C. She said the state considers C to be adequate.

However, she said, the building earned an F in gap closing.

For progress, the overall and students-with-disabilities grades were B's, the lowest 20 percent grade was A and the gifted grade was C.

Pataskala Elementary School

The performance index and indicators met both earned a B grade.

However, the building earned an F in gap closing, which, principal Brad Wehrman said, is being addressed.

For progress, the overall and gifted grades were C, the lowest 20 percent grade was D and the students-with-disabilities grade was F.

Kirkersville Elementary School

The performance index grade was a B, and the indicators met was an A.

Kirkersville Elementary's gap closing grade, a C, was the best of the elementary buildings.

The building's progress grades, however, were the worst of the three buildings: an F for overall, a C for gifted and D's for lowest 20 percent and students with disabilities.

"Our value-added is what we really need to work on in Kirkersville," principal Alissa Horstman said.

Watkins Middle School

The middle school's performance index score earned a B, and its indicators met an A.

"We're knocking this out of the park," principal Ryan Brown said of the indicators met. "Our students are passing tests at a very high level."

Gap closing, however, earned an F, and two of the progress ratings were F's: overall and gifted.

The lowest 20 percent was a B, and students with disabilities was a C.

Watkins Memorial High School

The high school earned a B on performance index and an A on indicators met.

Gap closing earned a C.

The high school did not receive progress ratings, principal Ben Richards said.

The building earned B's for its graduation rates: 90.9 percent of students graduated in four years and 92.6 percent in five years.

Richards said the graduation rate really concerns him, and that will be a focus of improvement.