The Ohio Department of Education released its state report cards for the 2016-17 academic year Sept. 14 and the New Albany-Plain Local School District received all A's and B's.

Parents can view grades and information on each component at education.ohio.gov/topics/data/report-card-resources.

Superintendent Michael Sawyers said district leaders were proud of the district's 102.738 performance-index score, which was ranked 38th among the more than 600 public school districts in Ohio, an improvement from 64th the previous year. Last year's performance-index score was 97.8, according to ODE archives.

The performance-index metric is part of the achievement component, which measures how well students performed on state tests. The performance index measures the "test results of every student, not just those who score proficient or higher," according to the report card, and it is designed to reward districts "for improving the performance of all students, regardless of achievement level."

"One of the things that we're seeing across the board is that achievement levels are up," said Chris Woolard, senior executive director at the ODE.

Furthermore, New Albany-Plain Local had the highest level of improvement of all districts in Franklin County, Sawyers said

"I'm extremely proud of the outstanding results that our students, teachers, parents and everyone else achieved last school year," he said.

Overall, the district received two A's, three B's and no rating on the sixth component, according to the state report card.

The district received its A's for graduation rate and progress.

It had a 97.4 percent four-graduation rate and a 98.4 percent five-year rate, both A ratings.

For progress, which measures the growth all students make based on their past performance, it received all A's in all four of the component's subcategories, too.

Last year's grades in graduation rate and progress were A and B, respectively, according to the ODE archives.

The B's were in achievement; gap closing, or how well schools are doing in closing the achievement gap of students based on income, race, ethnicity or disability; and prepared for success, a measurement of how prepared students are for college and technical training.

Last year's grades in those categories were B, F and B, respectively.

Sawyers said the results show that the work the district is doing to align education to focus on student achievement, growth and well-being has paid off.

The K-3 literacy component, which looks at how successful a district is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in the third grade and beyond, was listed as "not rated." The district also was not rated last year.

The online report card said the district "has not been graded because less than 5 percent of kindergarten students are not on-track this year" and 97 percent of kindergartners were on track for grade-level reading proficiency.

Meanwhile, the report card noted that 100 percent of third-graders met the Ohio Third-Grade Reading Guarantee requirements for promotion to the fourth grade and 85.8 percent of third-graders scored proficient on the state reading test.

Woolard said proper context is needed to understand all the grades on the report cards.

"We encourage parents and community members to talk to teachers and talk to principals," he said.

Woolard said the report cards are "designed to be aspirational."

"The whole point of the system is it's designed to be a system of continuous improvement," he said.

The state will debut an overall letter grade for each district on next year's report cards, he said.

ThisWeek staff writer Thomas Gallick contributed to this story.

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