Groveport Madison Local Schools received one B, one C, two D's, and two F's on the latest state report card from the Ohio Department of Education.

The scores released Sept. 14 are for the 2016-17 school year.

Groveport Madison schools earned a D in achievement, an F in gap closing, a C in K-3 literacy, a B in progress, an F in prepared for success and a D for graduation rate.

Despite the scores, Superintendent Bruce Hoover said the district and achieved "significant growth" in various grade levels and subject areas.

"Reading scores increased by 15.5 points at the third-grade level, 12.4 points at the fourth-grade level and 18.1 points at the fifth-grade level," Hoover said. "Math scores increased by 16 points at the third-grade level, 18.1 points at the fourth-grade level and 2.3 points at the sixth-grade level."

In a statement released by the district, he acknowledged there is still work to be done.

The achievement component of the report card is based on the district's performance index score and its score on indicators met.

The district's scores for both of these -- a D in performance index and an F for indicators met -- remained unchanged from the last report card.

The performance index measures test results for every student. There are six levels on the index and districts receive points for each student in each of the levels; Groveport Madison's score was 62.3 percent.

Indicators met "measures the percent of students who have passed state tests" at various grade levels and subject areas, according to the ODE website. It also includes a gifted component.

The state raised the benchmark for indicators met from 75 to 80 percent of students passing for each test. Groveport Madison met none of the 24 indicators on the report card, thus earning an F and a 0 percent score.

Gap closing, for which the district earned a score of 21.8 percent -- an F, the same as in 2015-16 -- shows how well districts are meeting the educational needs of its most vulnerable students. It compares how well students in several subgroups. including those in poverty, ethnic minorities and students with disabilities, fared compared with other students

The K-3 literacy component looks at how successful a district is in getting struggling readers on track to meet proficiency in third grade and beyond.

Groveport received a 35.3 percent score, or C -- up from an F on the previous report card.

The progress component shows the progress made by all students, including subgroups of gifted students, those in the lowest 20 percent of academic performance and students with disabilities.

Groveport Madison earned a component grade of B. Overall, the district earned an overall value-added grade of C, a B for progress made by gifted students and A's for progress made by students in the lowest 20 percent in achievement and those with disabilities.

Hoover compared his district to others in Franklin County on the value-added component.

"In fact, of the 16 area school districts, only five districts (Bexley, Gahanna-Jefferson, New Albany-Plain Local, Whitehall and Worthington) had a value-added score higher than Groveport Madison's," he said.

The district's four-year and five-year graduation rates -- 80.3 percent and 87.6 percent, respectively -- earned it a D and C.

Groveport Madison's prepared for success score dropped from a D in 2015-16 to an F for 2016-17. This component is based on the number of student who earned a remediation-free score on all parts of the SAT or ACT, earned an honors diploma and/or earned an industry-recognized credential.

Chris Woolard, a senior executive director at the Ohio Department of Education, cautioned that the proper context is needed to understand the grades a district receives on the state report card.

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

Woolard said the report cards should not be the lone piece of evidence residents use to judge a district.

"We know there's a lot more to the story," he said.

ThisWeek reporter Thomas Gallick contributed to this story.

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