Hilliard City Schools received a C on the state report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

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

A statement from Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen said: "Our State Superintendent and State School Board, along with other key partners, have set a new direction for public education in Ohio. I am proud that once again Hilliard is leading the way and we are a couple years into our Whole Child initiatives. Our high school graduates are shining examples of the preparation we provide. Hilliard graduates are clearly Ready for Tomorrow."

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.

"State report cards are an important benchmark to show what's going on in a district (but) we know it does not tell the whole story," said Chris Woolard, a senior executive director of the Ohio Department of Education. "It's a snapshot (and) we encourage parents to get more information. Talk to teachers and principals about what is going on in the district."

An overall letter grade approach had been in the works for about six years, Woolard said, but continuing changes in state testing caused it be pushed back until this year.

Hilliard's scored its highest component mark, an A, for graduation rate.

The metric looks at the percentage of students who receive a diploma in four or five years.

According to the report card, 94 percent of Hilliard students graduate in four years and 97.3 percent graduate within five years.

Hilliard scored its lowest mark in achievement and progress, receiving a D in each.

The progress component looks at the growth all students are making in contrast to past performance, Woolard said.

Within this component, the report card shows the district excelled at reaching its lowest achievers but lagged in reaching gifted students.

In the value-added segment of progress, Hilliard received a B for those students who are classified as the lowest 20 percent in achievement.

The district received an F for gifted students and those with disabilities.

The categories within progress are not equally weighted.

Overall is weighted 55 percent while gifted, students with disabilities and lowest 20 percent in achievement are weighted 15 percent each, Woolard said.

The achievement component represents whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall, he said.

Hilliard received a B for gap closing, meeting 89.9 percent of annual measurable objectives.

Gap closing shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations of the most vulnerable students in English-language arts, math, graduation and English-language proficiency, Woolard said.

Hilliard received a C in improving at-risk K-3 readers and a D in preparing students for success.