It's official: the Marysville school district is once again rated as excellent with distinction.
The Ohio Department of Education released official numbers Feb. 27 confirming preliminary data the district received in October.
Marysville schools met 26 of 26 indicators on the state report card and achieved its highest Performance Index score ever at 102.3. Last year, the district's Performance Index score was 102.2 and two years ago, it was 99.8.
The Performance Index reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for a full academic year. According to the ODE, PI scores can be compared across years to show achievement trends in a district.
Information from the district points out that Marysville schools were ranked 109th on the 2012 value added index, a 4.4-point improvement over last year. The value added index measures student progress in a year. A score of "above" indicates students have made more than a year's worth of progress; "met" indicates students have achieved a year's worth of progress; and "below" indicates that less than a year's worth of progress has been achieved.
The report card data shows the district overall did not meet adequate yearly progress (AYP), however, every building in the district met AYP except the high school.
The release of the final 2011-2012 state report card was scheduled for August 2012 but was delayed while the Ohio Auditor's Office investigated several school districts -- including Columbus City Schools -- for "scrubbing" attendance data in order to improve their report card scores.
This is the last time district performance will be rated under the current report card system.
According to a release from the ODE, the state will begin a transition this fall "to a new era of district and school performance reporting that will include an easy-to-understand A-F grading system.
"The new report cards will take a broader look at the key indicators of school effectiveness and will be based upon standards that ensure all students graduate ready for college and careers."