The Worthington City School District continues to be excellent with distinction.

The Worthington City School District continues to be excellent with distinction.

Six months after issuing preliminary results, the Ohio Department of Education last week made official its 2011-12 report cards.

Nothing changed. Worthington continued to receive the highest of the state's rankings, meeting all 26 standards.

Students annually take state proficiency tests in reading and math in grades 3-8 and in science in grades 5-8.

To be rated proficient, at least 75 percent of students taking each test must pass. Worthington's passing rates ranged from 75.7 percent in fifth-grade math to 93.8 percent in eight-grade reading.

Nine of 14 percentages improved over the 2010-11 results.

Worthington's attendance rate was 96 percent, and its four-year graduation rate was 93 percent. Both met the state standard.

For the first time, each of the state's 832 public and private school systems was ranked based on its "Value-added" score. The concept is based on how much students have grown academically in a given school year.

Worthington was ranked 68th in Ohio. Other central Ohio districts and their rankings were Hilliard, ranked No. 1; South-Western City Schools, 12th; Dublin, 18th; Upper Arlington, 26th; Westerville, 65th; New Albany, 70th; Reynoldsburg, 90th; Olentangy, 104th; Bexley, 116th; Grandview Heights, 136th; Whitehall, 262nd; Gahanna-Jefferson, 318th; and Columbus, 824th.

State report cards were released six months later than usual because of state Auditor Dave Yost's investigation into data rigging in several school districts.

Next year, the system will change. Districts will receive grades of A through F.