The results are official.

The Ohio Department of Education has released local report cards for schools and districts.

Ohio continues to raise expectations for how its schools perform with the goal to have students better prepared to complete post-high school education and to meet the ever-increasing demands of today's employers.

As the superintendent of New Albany-Plain Local Schools, I am extremely proud of the outstanding efforts of our students, teachers, administrators, staff and families.

Our district now is ranked 19th out of 608 public-school districts statewide; a significant improvement from our ranking of 38th the previous year and 64th just two years ago which comes as a result of all of the hard work district-wide.

This ranking is based on our 105.6 out of 120 possible points on the state performance index for student achievement.

Our commitment to excellence to be ranked in the top 5 percent of all public-school districts in the state by 2021 as measured by student achievement is now achieved in just two school years.

In fact, the student achievement levels earned place us in the top 3.125 percent of all public-school districts in Ohio today.

Highlights of student achievement levels earned include:

District outcomes

* Earned an overall A grade.

* One of 28 A's statewide and one of two A's in Franklin County.

* Second-highest levels of student achievement in Franklin County.

* Greatest increases in student achievement in the county.

* Second-highest percent of advanced plus at 10.2 percent, which is the highest in the county.

* One of 38 districts statewide and the only school district in the county to earn the gifted indicator.

* One of 21 districts statewide to earn all possible points in closing the gap measure.

* FY18 expenditure per pupil of $10,284 compared to an average of $11,645 in similar districts.

Elementary outcomes

* New Albany Early Learning Center, the primary school, and the intermediate school all earned an overall A.

* The primary school demonstrated the eighth-highest level of student achievement in third grade in Ohio and the second highest in the county.

* 100 percent of third-graders met the third-grade reading guarantee for the second consecutive year.

* The intermediate school is one of 21 schools in Ohio to earn all A's on each report card component ranking it in the top 1 percent in Ohio and No. 1 in the county.

Middle school outcomes

* New Albany Middle School earned an an overall A.

* Demonstrated the highest levels of student achievement of all middle schools in the county.

High school outcomes

* New Albany High School earned an overall A.

* Demonstrated the fifth-highest level of student achievement and the highest percentage of students earning dual enrollment high school and college credit in Franklin County.

While we pause to celebrate our accomplishments, we must continue to identify areas for year-over-year improvement to support increased student achievement, student growth and student well-being.

Student achievement levels are soaring in the New Albany-Plain Local Schools.

Michael Sawyers is superintendent of the New Albany-Plain Local School District.