Pickerington Schools maintained an overall grade of B on the latest report card released by the Ohio Department of Education on Sept. 12.

This is the second year for the overall letter grade provided by the ODE.

For the 2018-19 school year, Pickerington received two A’s, a B, two C’s and a D in the six components of the report card.

The A’s came in graduation rate and in gap closing, which the ODE defines as how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for our most vulnerable students in English language arts, math, graduation and English language proficiency.

Pickerington earned a B in progress, which looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.

The district was given a C in achievement, which is designed to represent whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall and which also measures chronic absenteeism.

It also received a C in improving at-rise K-3 readers, a measure of how successful the school is at improving at-risk K-3 readers.

The district’s D came in prepared for success, which seeks to measure how prepared students are for “future opportunities,” including moving on to college or work in technical fields.

Pickerington also received an overall grade of B for the 2017-18 school year, when it was given A’s in gap closing and graduation rate; C’s in achievement, progress and K-3 literacy; and a D in prepared for success.

“Our component letter grade increased in district progress from a C to a B, which we are very proud of,” said Sharon Caccimelio, Pickerington Schools’ executive director of teaching and learning. “This measure looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performance.

“We also made incremental progress in achievement, and gap closing.”

According to the ODE, state report cards are designed to evaluate districts’ and individual schools’ performances, including their successes and areas where improvement is needed.

“This information identifies schools to receive intensive supports, drives local conversations on continuous improvement and provides transparent reporting on the performance of students in foundational skills and knowledge and other important outcomes, such as graduation and college and career readiness,” the ODE website states. “The goal is to ensure equitable outcomes and high expectations for all of Ohio’s students.”

Caccimelio said the district values the state’s report-card data and the information it provides about students’ learning.

She said the district uses the Ohio Improvement Process, an ODE template for identifying students’ needs and developing plans to address the needs and monitor progress, as a framework for improvement.

“We know where our students are performing throughout the year by using our internal assessment data in our teacher teams, building teams and district team,” Caccimelio said. “The report-card results then come as no surprise.

“We plan to continue the course and stay focused on our improvement efforts, which continue to result in improvement in both achievement and growth for our students.”

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts