Northridge Local Schools officials say they are working to align instruction with what students need to succeed, despite seeing the latest state report-card results.

Northridge received an A in graduation rate, a B in progress, a C in prepared for success, a D in achievement and K-3 literacy; and an F in gap closing, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Education on Sept. 13.

Superintendent Scott Schmidt said he has been proud of district teacher-based teams that have been working weekly to align their instruction to what students need to succeed.

“As we continue to look at our student achievement data, both at the state and local levels, our teachers are working hard to align instructional practices so that teachers and students are working smarter and not harder,” he said.

The district received an F in indicators that are part of the overall achievement score.

Northridge met only five of 24 indicators on tests that require a passage rate of 80 percent for each indicator.

Despite that score, said Jaime Scott, Northridge director of instruction and assessment, the district saw an increase in percentages of students proficient in 15 indicators.

She said the district saw significant improvement in percentages of proficient in the following areas:

fifth-grade reading, math and science and eighth-grade math and Algebra 1.

“We also saw an increase of students reaching the advanced category in fourth- and sixth-grade social studies and biology,” she said. “The district also improved by a letter grade in the K-3 literacy component.

“Overall, out of 16 areas, we received passing grades in 10 areas and need additional focus in six areas,” Scott said.

Schmidt said the value-added score that’s part of the progress grade closely gauges the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.

He said an “A” in value-added indicates Northridge students are making solid growth and that significant evidence shows the district's students made more than a year of progress.

Chris Woolard, a senior executive director at the Ohio Department of Education, said the ODE has seen positive signs in this year's report cards.

"One of the things that we're seeing across the board is that achievement levels are up," Woolard said.

He 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.

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.

Woolard said students could be achieving a lot in districts that have D's or F's on their report cards.

"It does not mean that your school district is failing," he said.

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

ThisWeek staff writer Thomas Gallick contributed to this story.