Grandview Heights Schools received an overall A and improved or maintained its letter grade in nearly every component of the report card released Sept. 12 by the Ohio Department of Education.

The report card reflects includes data from the 2018-19 school year.

A year ago, the district received an overall B.

This is the second year for the overall letter grade, according to the ODE's "Guide to 2019 Ohio School Report Cards at education.ohio.gov.

The overall A grade "is obviously a very strong showing for our district," said Jamie Lusher, chief academic officer. "Our results on the state report card reflect our effort to support the learning of students on both sides of the spectrum. It's a collaborative effort involving the school board, our administrators and building leaders, teachers and staff and our students.

"We'll use this data and continue to work with our building and department leaders and teachers to look at the information, see where our strengths lie, where we can improve and how we can continue to enhance the instruction and overall experience our students receive," she said.

Grandview earned an A grade in the achievement component, which represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they performed on them.

"Our grade in achievement is a cause for celebration for our district," Lusher said. "We're strong again with the performance index score, and we met 23 of the 24 indicators."

The district's performance index score was 105.1 out of a possible 120, earning a B grade, she said. Last year, its score was 106.3.

"We haven't seen a ranking of all the districts, so we don't know if we will again have the highest score among the districts in Franklin County, but we know we will be one of the highest," Lusher said.

Grandview earned an A for indicators met by reaching the threshold of at least 80 percent of students passing state tests in all but one exam. The indicators met also include the gifted indicator and the chronic absenteeism measure.

Grandview's grades in other components of the report card include: progress, B; gap closing, A; graduation rate, A; and prepared for success, B.

The progress grade improved from a C earned on last year's report card while the grades for the other components remained the same.

Progress looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.

Grandview did not receive a grade in the improving at-risk K-3 readers component because it had fewer than 5 percent of its students who were not reading at grade level or were at-risk, Lusher said.

"We didn't meet that baseline, so instead of saying 'not met' we received a 'not reporting,’ " she said.

The report is an important measure, but not the only one parents and community members should use to evaluate the district's performance, Lusher said. 

"It's just one chapter out of a novel," she said.

Lusher said she will present other data, including the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation's high schools, college board information and student results on the ACT and SAT exams as part of a report on the district quality profile she will give at the Oct. 9 school board meeting.

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts