The Westerville City School District once again scored the highest grade from the Ohio Department of Education.

The Westerville City School District once again scored the highest grade from the Ohio Department of Education.

District administrators announced during the board of education meeting Aug. 22 that the district once again had earned the "excellent with distinction" mark for the 2010-2011 school year.

Last year was the first year the district earned that ranking.

For the first time, the district met all 26 indicators on the report card. Twenty-four of those indicators are based on test results and the remaining two are based on graduation and attendance rates.

For the second year in a row, the district set a record with its performance index score, earning a 101.9 over last year's record of 100.8. The performance index increases when more students perform at an "advanced" or "accelerated" level on state tests.

The district also met "adequate yearly progress" requirements for the fourth consecutive year, and for the third consecutive year, the district earned a value-added rating of "above," meaning students advanced more from grade to grade than the state expected.

Full results of the state report cards were not due to be released publicly until Aug. 24, after ThisWeek's press time.

Even with the high marks, academic affairs chief Karen McClellan said, Westerville school administrators will continue to study the results of the report card to see how the district can improve.

"To continue the excellence, we will work diligently over the next few weeks to review the data," she said.

Board members commended the district's staff, administration, students and parents, as well as the community, on the continued high scores on the state report card.

"Really, the people to thank are the people in the classroom and the administrators," board President Kristi Robbins said.

Board member Denise Pope said much of the credit goes to the community for supporting students and the schools.

"There's a significant effort to make this happen, from this district and from this board, and from this community as well. We have a lot of community support in raising our children in our school district and educating them," she said.

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