For the second consecutive year, the New Albany-Plain Local School District received an overall grade of A on its state report card, which was 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.

Superintendent Michael Sawyers said he is proud of the district’s students and staff members for the report card results.

“Our focus on the needs of individual students and classroom instruction helped us achieve our No. 1 benchmark of the (district’s) continuous improvement plan of being ranked No. 17 or better in the state,” he said.

Districts and schools within a district were assigned an overall letter grade for the first time last year.

Sawyers said New Albany-Plain Local is the only district in Franklin County to have two consecutive overall A grades.

“That is a direct result of our focus and the hard work of our students and staff,” he said.

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.

The district received a B in achievement, which assesses performance on state tests; an A in progress, which measures growth based on past performance; an A in gap closing, which gauges how well the needs of certain groups of students are being met; an A in graduation rate; and a B in prepared for success.

“We continue to improve our gap closing and our progress measures with subgroups,” Sawyers said.

New Albany-Plain Local didn’t receive a component grade for improving at-risk K-3 readers.

The district was not graded on this component in the past because almost all of its kindergartners have been on track for grade-level reading proficiency.

“We continue to welcome the standards and accountability measures that the state report card provides,” Sawyers wrote in a statement emailed to the community. “It’s one of a number of data sources that the district uses to strengthen our focus on continuous improvement.

“The results from ODE illustrate that we have improved academic outcomes for students across our school district. Achievement levels have increased again! Much like school districts across Franklin County and the state of Ohio, we clearly have strengths and opportunities for continuous improvement, but the increases earned must be celebrated.”

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts