The Westerville City School District expects to earn the Ohio Department of Education's highest grade on the state report card, which is scheduled to be released officially Aug. 27.

The Westerville City School District expects to earn the Ohio Department of Education's highest grade on the state report card, which is scheduled to be released officially Aug. 27.

At Monday's school board meeting, Superintendent Dan Good announced the district has achieved the "excellent with distinction" mark for the first time. The district also was notified that it earned a performance index of 100.8, its highest ever.

The district has earned the second-highest rating, "excellent," in the past two years.

"Our continued success is the result of the hard work of our teachers and students, as well as the continued involvement of our families and support of our community," Good said. "There's always room for improvement, so we will continue to make the adjustments necessary to raise student achievement and will remain fiscally responsible while doing so."

According to a district press release, the schools met 25 of 26 indicators on the state report card. The only area missed was eighth-grade math, in which only 74.7 percent of student tested proficient, the release said. Seventy-five percent proficiency is needed on tests to meet the indicators.

Last year, the district met 27 or 30 report-card indicators.

The 100.8 performance index is up from 99.9 the previous school year. The performance index is an indication of how many students tested as being accelerated, advanced and proficient on tests and increases with those numbers.

Westerville also met the requirements to achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP). The district's "value added" rating the last three years has been designated as "above," meaning students demonstrated academic growth exceeding state expectations, the press release said.

Despite the high marks, district officials said they will continue to look for ways to improve student achievement.

"While we're pleased that we have jumped into the state's highest rating of excellent with distinction, we continue to hold ourselves accountable for demonstrating improvement in every child," Good said. "We recognize that we still have individual students, student groups and schools that are not growing quickly enough to demonstrate adequate yearly progress.

"We will continue to focus our energies on nurturing a year's worth of growth in each student, not just aggregates of the student body."

Westerville Board of Education Vice President Kevin Hoffman said the board is excited about the district's latest state scores.

"That is a target, at the beginning of the year, that we set our sites toward," Hoffman said. "That is a phenomenal accomplishment, and it is only through very hard work that we achieve that."