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State report cards

District officially regains top mark from state


The New Albany-Plain Local School District officially regained its "Excellent with Distinction," A-plus grade when the certified state report cards were released last week.

The Ohio Department of Education's state report cards use test scores to measure student achievement and growth and grades each Ohio public school district accordingly.

The official results for 2011-12 had been on hold pending State Auditor David Yost's investigation of allegations of tampering with student-attendance data against several districts, including Columbus City Schools. State report cards were certified Feb. 27 for all districts except the nine where the state auditor found evidence that employees manipulated data.

New Albany-Plain Local met all 26 state indicators and increased its performance index score from 106.6 to 107.2 for the 2011-12 school year. The performance index, which rates individual student performance, is the district's highest ever, district officials said.

The district was graded "Excellent" for the 2010-11 year because of its value-added rating, which measures the progress students made from the previous school year: Students in fifth, sixth and eighth grades did not meet the growth projections for their grade level in math and eighth-graders failed to achieve the growth projections in reading. Prior to that, the district was graded "Excellent with Distinction" in the previous three years and had the highest possible rating from the state for nine years in a row.

The 2011-12 value-added rating, which was below average in the 2010-11 state report card, is now above average.

State standards require 75 percent of all third- to 10th-grade students to be proficient in all test subjects, said Department of Education spokesman John Charlton. New Albany students tested at above 90 percent in most cases. Only fifth-graders tested at percentages lower than 90 in math, reading and science.

The state also requires 85 percent of 11th-graders to test proficient in all subject areas. New Albany's 11th-graders scored 100 percent proficient in reading and above 98 percent proficient in writing, science, math and social studies.