For the second year in a row, the Pickerington Local School District received high marks on the state report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

For the second year in a row, the Pickerington Local School District received high marks on the state report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

In a report card released Tuesday, the PLSD received an overall ranking of "excellent with distinction" for the 2008-09 school year, based on 30 performance indicators.

"It means that measured against the criteria the Ohio Department of Education set forth, Pickerington has achieved the highest level of progress with its students," said Kim Halley, lead instructional adviser in the district's department of teaching and learning.

"We are just very proud of the rating we've earned," she said. "It's a reflection of the learning our students have achieved, as well as the hard work of our parents, teachers and staff."

The state report card was designed to measure performance and progress among Ohio students on a yearly basis.

This year's rating is based on indicators measured during 2008-09 school year, as well as graduation rates from the 2007-08 year.

In order to meet the state standards, 75 percent of students in grades three through 10 must pass each state proficiency test. Eighty-five percent of students in grade 11 must pass each test to meet the standards.

According to the ODE, Pickerington schools met 29 of 30 state indicators. They also scored "above expected growth" in a category charting students' proficiency progress over the past year in reading and mathematics. The schools also met "adequate yearly progress" with all subgroups of students in reading and mathematics.

The district's performance index was 101.8 as measured by the Ohio Achievement Tests and Ohio Graduation Test in 2008-2009.

For the second consecutive year, the lone indicator the district failed to meet was eighth-grade social studies.

According to the state department of education, 68 percent of the district's eighth-graders passed the social studies proficiency test.

In the 2007-08 school year, 70.4 percent of students passed the test.

The district scored particularly well in graduation rates. While the state standard rate for the 2008-09 year was 90 percent, the Pickerington district had a 97.7-percent graduation rate.

The district also achieved 95.5-percent attendance last school year, which exceeded the state's 93-percent standard.

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