The Westerville City School District has received an "excellent" rating from the state for the second year in a row.

The Westerville City School District has received an "excellent" rating from the state for the second year in a row.

In its report card for the 2008-2009 school year, released by the Ohio Department of Education on Tuesday, the district met 27 out of 30 indicators this year, two more than last year.

The district met benchmarks for fifth-grade social studies and science test scores, both of which it missed last year.

The district fell shy of hitting the benchmark for fifth-grade math by .2 percent. The two other benchmarks missed were in eighth-grade social studies and writing, neither of which were met last year.

Also this year, Westerville schools met standards for adequate yearly progress and the value-added measure. Adequate yearly progress (AYP) marks the improvement of individual student subgroups in the district, while value added is an indicator of how much students have learned in one year.

The district continued to improve its performance index, earning its highest score of 99.99, up from 98.8 last year. The district's graduation rate for the 2008-2009 school year was 91.9 percent.

Most of Westerville's 23 schools earned excellent ratings, with Blendon Middle School and Whittier Elementary school earning the highest rating, "excellent with distinction."

The remainder -- seven of Westerville's 16 elementary schools -- received effective ratings: Annehurst, Hawthorne, Huber Ridge, Mark Twain, McVay, Pointview and Wilder.

Overall, Westerville Superintendent Dan Good said the district was pleased with this year's scores.

"Westerville is now celebrating their highest academic performance in the history of state standardized assessments," Good said during Monday night's school board meeting. "That's something all of our community should be proud of."

Even with the improvements seen this year, Diane Conley, the districts chief of academic affairs, said there is still work to do to meet all 30 indicators on the state report card.

"We'll continue our efforts to improve in those areas and won't be satisfied until we meet all 30 standards," she said.

In order to improve student test scores, Conley said the district employs a comprehensive approach that includes analyzing data, examining how instruction lines up with the curriculum, reviewing resources provided for teachers and providing professional development in weak areas.

The district's full report card, as well as the report cards for individual schools, is available online at www.ode.state.oh.us.

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