The Dublin City School District received an overall grade of B on its state report card, released today, Sept. 13, via the Ohio Department of Education's website.

The report card assesses school districts in the state by issuing letter grades for a variety of student performance categories.

District Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the district is pleased with its B grade.

Whereas school districts that receive an A from the Ohio Department of Education typically are small and homogenous, the Dublin district has 1,500 students for which English is not their first language, Hoadley said.

Additionally, he said, inherent flaws in how the ODE measures certain aspects of the report card still exist, as illustrated by top-performing elementary schools such as Eli Pinney receiving an F in the category of K-3 literacy.

The district uses the report card results as one piece of data to critique the quality of its educational programming, Hoadley said. The report card doesn't include, for example, scores for art and music, areas that the district believes are crucial for a well-rounded education, he said.

Report card categories include achievement, which is based on students’ state test performance; progress which assesses student growth based on past performance; gap closing, which assesses how well schools are meeting the needs of vulnerable students; graduation rate; which assesses the percent of students who finish high school; improving at-risk readers in grades K-3; and prepared for success, which assesses how well schools are preparing students for future opportunities.

The district received a B in achievement, a C in progress, an A in gap closing, an A in graduation rate, a C in improving K-3 readers, and a B in prepared for success.

Report cards for all of Ohio’s public schools are posted on www.education.ohio.gov.

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