Worthington Schools received an overall grade of B on the state’s latest measure of accountability.
The Ohio Department of Education on Sept. 13 released state report cards for all of Ohio’s approximately 610 public school districts for 2017-18.
For the first time, districts and schools within a district were assigned an overall letter grade.
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.
“The report card is one measure of accountability and we recognize the importance of it,” said district spokeswoman Vicki Gnezda.
Each category is given a percentage weight when determining the overall grade.
Worthington earned a component grade of C for achievement, which focuses on student performance on state exams.
For progress, which measures students’ growth based on past performance, the district received an A for a component grade and an A for growth for both overall and gifted students. The district earned a B for growth for students in the lowest 20 percent of achievement and those with disabilities.
On graduation rates, Worthington earned an A overall. Its four-year graduation rate was 93.3 percent, and the five-year rate was 96.7 percent.
For improving at-risk K-3 readers, the district earned a C. For improving at-risk K-3 readers, the district earned a C. According to the report-card details, 45.1 percent of students moved on to track with the district’s reading improving and monitoring plan.
Superintendent Trent Bowers said that the percentage represents students who started off track and have gotten on track by the end of the grade level. The statistic does not represent the number of students who meet the state’s third-grade reading guarantee, which, Bowers said, 99 percent of the district’s students pass.
“Our kids are way more important than a test score,” Bowers said.
In the prepared-for-success category, which focuses on how prepared students are for opportunities outside of high school, the district earned a C.
“We’ll continue to focus on the development of the whole child by creating an environment where students can be inspired and use their knowledge, creativity and passion to make a positive impact on our community and beyond,” Gnezda said.
Worthington’s two high schools -- Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne -- matched in four categories, receiving a C for achievement, an A for progress, an NR for improving at-risk K-3 readers and a C for prepared for success. K-3 literacy wasn’t calculated at either school because “there were not enough students to evaluate,” according to the report card.
The two schools differed in gap closing and graduation rate. Kilbourne received a B for gap closing and an A for graduation rate, compared to Thomas’ C and B, respectively.
Kilbourne’s four-year graduation rate was 95.6 percent, compared to Thomas’ 91.6 percent. The five-year graduation rate for both was 96.7 percent.
“It’s a moving target, and it changes from year to year,” Gnezda said.