Ohio has 1,002 school systems and the Marysville Exempted Village School District ranks 175th in the District Preliminary Ranking report released this month by the Ohio Department of Education.

Ohio has 1,002 school systems and the Marysville Exempted Village School District ranks 175th in the District Preliminary Ranking report released this month by the Ohio Department of Education.


Marysville is one of 86 Ohio school districts to receive the "Excellent with Distinction" rating. It met 100 percent of the performance standards and 26 out of 26 State Indicators.

The ODE website explains the state and local report cards measure the performance of districts and schools using four measures, including state indicators drawn from academic tests. Other measures include

Value-Added Results, which show whether students in grades 3-8 meet the expected one year of growth in reading and math, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) which is federally required and measures achievement of each student subgroup, including racial and ethnic components, and "the Performance Index looks at the performance of every student, not just those who score proficient or higher," according to the Ohio Department of Education website.

The ratings are primarily based on the PI number for each district. The PI scores on the state report card rates the districts and PI scores also are used to rate each individual building within the districts.

All eight school buildings in the Marysville district fell in the top 50 percent of the 3,678 buildings in the Preliminary Building Ranking List.

Raymond Elementary is ranked 377, Mill Valley Elementary is 405, Marysville High School is 593, Bunsold Middle School is 766, Edgewood Elementary is 822, Northwood Elementary is 1,344, Creek-view Intermediate School is 1,529 and Navin Elementary is 1,606.

MEVSD received 102.2 with the highest possible score being 120. It is one of the three out of four schools in Union County with the "Excellent with Distinction" rating. Jonathan Alder's PI score is 103.21 and Fairbanks

Local is 100.6. North Union Local was rated "Excellent" with a PI of 99.52.

Marysville Schools has 5,345 students in grades K-12.

Among the top 175 schools in Ohio, 10 other districts have an enrollment equal or larger than MEVS. They all achieved an "Excellent with Distinction" rating.

In the 2009-2010 State Report Card, MEVSD was rated "Effective." It met 24 out of state 26 indicators with a PI score of 99.8. The district said the PI has been growing consistently over the past few years.

Marysville School Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said the increase in the district's score is more noticeable in specific areas.

"We're seeing in that in math especially. English and writing have always been kind of up there so it's hard to move kids up the ladder because they've already scored high. But math and science are the ones that are really just pumping along," said Zimmerman. "It's pretty exciting."