Columbus City Schools did slightly better on its latest report card from the Ohio Department of Education but still has much room for improvement.

The state’s largest district by population received a D, one letter grade better than it did last year.

In the areas of achievement, progress and component grade – related to training in a technical field or preparing for college – the district earned an F, the same as last year.

On a positive note, the district received a B in gap closing, which seeks to show how well school districts are meeting performance expectations for the state’s most vulnerable students in English language arts, math, graduation and English language proficiency. Last year, it received an F.

Still, the district earned D’s in graduation rates and improving at-risk K-3rd-grade readers, the same grades it received last year in each category.

“While our overall grade of a ‘D’ is certainly not the end goal, it does show improvement over last year and now allows us to focus on the long-term success of our district,” Superintendent Talisa Dixon said in a news release posted on the district's website. “These efforts will begin this year with an educational visioning process with community stakeholders, which will lead us to create a new multi-year strategic plan.

“As we create this long-term vision, we are still focused on our priorities for this school year. Our focus will be to improve student outcomes in the areas of literacy, mathematics and graduation rate. We are also looking closely at our assessments and benchmarks throughout the school year to ensure our students are on track and mastering our curriculum.”

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts