The Pickerington Local School District showed marked improvement on one of the Ohio Department of Education’s latest state report-card indicators and received higher grades in two other areas.

The ODE on Sept. 14 released its state report card for the 2016-17 school year, and Pickerington received somewhat better results than in the previous year.

Overall, the district received an A, a B and four C’s on the latest report card. That compares to the 2015-16 report card, which recorded an A, two C's, two D's and an F.

Pickerington’s largest improvement, according to the report card, came in “gap closing,” a measure of how well a school’s disadvantaged groups are doing compared with the whole student body. It rose from an F in 2015-16 to a B in 2016-17.

The district also saw improvements in “progress,” which seeks to show how much students have learned from one year to the next, and “K-3 literacy,” a measure of how well schools are helping struggling readers in kindergarten, first and second grades.

In both areas, the district’s grades improved from D’s in 2015-16 to C’s in 2016-17.

Pickerington also maintained C grades in “prepared for success,” which gauges how ready students are to enter college or a career based on SAT or ACT scores, honors diplomas and earned industry credentials, and in “achievement,” which gauges student performance and passage on state exams.

Additionally, the district kept its A grade in “graduation rate,” which measures how many students are getting diplomas within four to five years.

Read more about the PLSD’s state report-card markings in the Sept. 21 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington Times-Sun.

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