Hilliard City Schools received an overall grade of B on the state report cards released Sept. 12 by the Ohio Department of Education.
The report cards rate the 608 public school districts in Ohio on their performance during the 2018-19 school year.
The B grade is an improvement from the C that Hilliard received for the 2017-18 school year. Districts and schools within a district were assigned an overall letter grade for the first time last year.
Although the results of state report cards are significant to the district, Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen said, the results are but one measure of the district and are limited in its scope.
“The Hilliard City School District utilizes the state report card as one of many data points we consider to measure our progress as a district,” he said. “We truly value the whole child, (and) the state report card has some limitations.
“We will use the data from this report card to identify the area for improvement that aligns with our mission and vision.”
The overall grade is calculated using results in six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, improving at-risk K-3 readers, graduation rate and prepared for success, according to the ODE.
Districts also receive A to F grades on each of the six components and most of the individual measures, according to the ODE.
Each category is given a percentage weight when determining the overall grade.
They are 20% each for the achievement and progress components and 15% each for the remaining four components.
Hilliard earned A’s for gap closing and graduation rate.
Last year, Hilliard received an A for graduation rate but a B for gap closing.
The graduation-rate metric looks at the percentage of students who receive a diploma in four or five years. Hilliard received an A for both measurements.
In order to receive an A in the four-year graduation rate, at least 93% of students must graduate in four years; in order to receive an A in the five-year graduation rate, at least 95% of students must graduate in five years.
According to the report card, 93.7% of Hilliard students graduated in four years and 95.3% graduated in five years.
As for the A in gap closing, the component shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations of the most vulnerable students in English-language arts, math, graduation rate and English-language proficiency, according to the ODE.
Hilliard scored a D in achievement, the same component grade it received last year.
The achievement component represents whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall, according to the ODE.
Hilliard received a B in the progress component, two grades higher than the D it earned last year.
The progress component looks at the growth all students are making in contrast to past performance, according to the ODE. It has four categories: progress for all students, progress for gifted students, progress for students with disabilities and progress for students whose academic performance is in the lowest 20% of students statewide.
In assigning an overall grade for the progress component, progress for all students is weighted at 55% and the other three measurements at 15% each.
Hilliard received a B for students who are classified as the lowest 20% in achievement and a D for students with disabilities.
Hilliard received a B for students who are gifted, a significant improvement from the F the district received last year.
Finally, Hilliard received a D in improving at-risk K-3 readers and a D in prepared for success. Last year, Hilliard received a C in improving at-risk K-3 readers and a D in preparing students for success.
“Standardized tests are one tool Hilliard uses to measure student growth,” Marschhausen said. “We embrace the complexity of the educational process; we have dozens of data points that are all included in analyzing each student’s growth and needs.
“Our professional teachers are the key to a high-quality education. Hilliard uses standardized assessments, teacher assessment and professional skills to ensure every student is ‘ready for tomorrow.’ ”
====2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts