The New Albany-Plain Local School District received an A on the state report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education after students "rose to the occasion," said Superintendent Michael Sawyers

The state report cards, which were released Sept. 13, are used to rate districts on performance during the 2017-18 school year.

Sawyers said the report-card results show increased academic achievement across the district.

"Our kids rose to the occasion and we're extremely proud of them," he said.

The district was one of 28 school districts in Ohio to receive an overall A, Sawyers said.

The overall district grade is calculated from six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation rate, improving at-risk K-3 readers and prepared for success. 

Each category is given a percentage weight when determining the overall grade.

The district received a B in achievement, which assesses performance on state tests; an A in progress, which measures growth based on past performance; an A in gap closing, which gauges how well the needs of certain groups of students are being met; an A in graduation rate; and a B in prepared for success.

New Albany-Plain Local didn't receive a component grade for improving at-risk K-3 readers.

The district was not graded on this component in the past because almost all of its kindergartners have been on track for grade-level reading proficiency.

Sawyers said the district has fewer than 25 at-risk students for the reading category, the required minimum amount of students to be graded.

The district's improvement from last year's B to an A in the progress category shows that the interventions the district put into place to help students reach higher levels of achievement are working, he said.

Report card results also illustrate that reconfigured class times and a 20-minute addition to the school day for all grades in 2017 had a positive impact, Sawyers said.

Still, he said, district leaders encourage continuous improvement and will work to continue to help students with achievement, growth and well-being.

"The work still isn't done," he said. "We can always improve, and we have to believe that."