The Ohio Department of Education boosted Canal Winchester Local School’s overall report card grade from a D to a C, but district officials believe there is opportunity to improve.

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The Ohio Department of Education boosted Canal Winchester Local School’s overall report card grade from a D to a C, but district officials believe there is opportunity to improve.

“While our overall grade of a C is an improvement from last year, we are (still not) satisfied with the results,” district officials wrote in a statement to ThisWeek. “There were gains in many areas, and we will use this data going forward to have meaningful conversations with our teachers to ensure even higher academic success for all students.”

The state rates districts on six indicators. The district received higher grades than last year in two areas and remained the same in the other four.

The largest of these gains on the district’s report card this year came from the gap-closing component, where CWLS jumped from a D to a B. Gap closing refers to how schools handle vulnerable students in English, math and graduation, as well as how districts are able to help non-native English-speaking students learn the language.

The district also improved in progress, which measures how well students improve their academic performance throughout the year. The district received a D after getting an F last year.

The four areas on which the district received the same grades were:

• Graduation rate, which looks at the percentage of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years. Grade: A

• Improving at-risk K-3 readers, which looks at how successful districts and schools are at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond. Grade: C

• Achievement, which represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they performed on them. It also includes an indicator that measures the percentage of students who miss too much school. Grade: D

• Prepared for success, which looks at how well prepared Ohio’s students are for all future opportunities, whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college. Grade: D

District officials said although the state grades are a useful tool, they can’t account for all the opportunities the district is providing for students.

“The state report card provides good information but does not represent a true reflection of our district, and it does not define who we are,” the district’s statement said. “We will continue to focus on our mission of empowering all students for success, with strong attention to developing the whole child.”

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts