Two A-pluses, eight A's and two B's are the final grades Gahanna schools earned in 2010-11, according to official results from the Ohio Department of Education.

Two A-pluses, eight A's and two B's are the final grades Gahanna schools earned in 2010-11, according to official results from the Ohio Department of Education.

The state rates districts with six categories, equivalent to an A-plus through F, including excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency.

Although Gahanna-Jefferson earned an A-plus (excellent with distinction) overall, a breakdown by building shows Blacklick and Jefferson elementaries as excellent with distinction; Chapelfield, Goshen Lane, High Point, Lincoln, Royal Manor, Middle School East, Middle School South and Lincoln High School, excellent; and Middle School West and community school, effective.

Superintendent Mark White said the results are "one of the greatest academic years we've ever had."

The local report cards are based on state indicators from academic tests; value-added results, which show whether students in grades 3-8 meet the expected one year of growth in reading and math; the performance index, looking at the performance of every student, not just those who score proficient or higher; and adequate yearly progress (AYP), a federally required component that measures achievement of each student subgroup, including racial and ethnic components.

Gahanna met all 26 state indicators, received a performance index of 101.2 out of a possible 120 points and scored above expected growth in value-added. It didn't meet AYP.

"We'll continue to work on AYP and get where we need to be," White said. "I'm confident we're making solid progress in the district."

At Middle School South, five of eight indicators were met, as well as the value-added measure.

The school didn't meet proficiency in seventh-grade math and eighth-grade math and science.

The state requirement is 75 percent, and West came close to meeting that in seventh-grade math, with 74.4-percent proficiency. Eighth-grade math was at 69.1-percent proficiency and science at 64.6 percent.

Michael Straughter, district communication specialist, said eighth-grade science has been a tough area across the state.

"We'll continue to work on that with after-school tutoring and peer collaboration," he said. "Across the district, students can expect a lot more hands-on learning, particularly when looking at science, technology and math. If students don't learn one way, we'll find another way to reach them."

He said Middle School West has come a long way since the state implemented the ratings.

"They've met or exceeded growth for the year the last two years," he said. "The kids have met what they were expected to learn in a year's time. We're pleased with their consistent ability to move students at or beyond a year's worth of learning. Not all students are prepared across the board. Children don't all come in at the same level. By the end of the school year, you have to get them at the same level. Middle School West has been meeting that. We're pleased with their progress."

As a district, Straughter said, the rating of excellent with distinction and being above expected growth with the value-added measure show the district is on the right path.

"The results show our focus and emphasis is leading us in the right direction," he said. "We're really pleased with the results."

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