The Marysville Exempted Village School District is rated "Excellent" in the latest Report Card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Marysville Exempted Village School District is rated "Excellent" in the latest Report Card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

The designation is up from recent years' "effective" ratings and shows improvement in a number of areas.

The state assessment of school district performance covers the 2008-2009 school year.

The district met 28 of 30 indicators in the state assessment, raising its total from 27 in the 2007-2008 report card with an improved mark in fifth-grade science. The district missed the 75 percent requirement in fifth- and eighth-grade social studies.

"I cannot say enough for the students and staff in this district," Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said. "We moved the bar, but it's something we have to stay focused on because we really want to (reach all of the indicators."

Zimmerman noted the district achieved the "excellent" rating not just by having a larger percentage of students passing state tests, but through a combination of factors.

Marysville met all 10 of the Adequate Yearly Progress indicators as well. AYP is a federal No Child Left Behind measurement that tracks the educational progress and participation of all students but specifically students in a number of categories, including "economically disadvantaged," "students with disabilities" and also several ethnic groups.

"We were able to move all of those sub-groups as well," he said, which is particularly meaningful because "they can be at-risk for a variety of different reasons."

The state report card also includes a Performance Index, which measures the overall achievement of every student enrolled. In raising its Performance Index from 97.6 in 07-08 to 99.1 in 08-09, Zimmerman noted the increase was in large part due to more students scoring "Advanced" across all tested subjects, meaning students were not only passing the tests but "passing with higher scores."

"These are all good indicators," he told ThisWeek. "We're pleased with how we moved the bar. We were able to show progress in all of those areas."

"Everyone in the district should be commended on their efforts," board member Scott Johnson said.