Reynoldsburg City Schools has improved its overall grade – earning a C on its latest report card, released Sept. 12 by the Ohio Department of Education.

The district was given an overall grade of a D last year, the first time the state used the composite grade system, which takes into consideration everything from graduation rates to the number of children who read at grade level.

In a letter to parents Sept. 12, Superintendent Melvin Brown said the results were “not a surprise to us as we constantly monitor our progress.”

“Like any change process requiring sustainable improvement, we expected our state report card data to start showing the results of our work in three to five years," he wrote. "An increase in our overall letter grade demonstrates that we are making progress and headed in the right direction. The collective effort of our staff and the diligent work of our students are resulting in the growth of our of academic program.

"Two of our focus areas include student learning and student experience. We will use these focus areas to measure our own progress and set goals that we can work toward while doing so in more efficient time intervals. These measures will also allow us to provide our community with more timely insight into our progress."

The state rates districts on specific indicators, including:

• Achievement, which represents the number of students who passed the state tests and how well they performed on them. It also includes an indicator that measures the percentage of students who miss too much school. Reynoldsburg’s grade: D

• Progress looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances. Reynoldsburg’s grade: F

• Gap closing shows how well districts and schools are meeting the performance expectations for all students, especially those most vulnerable populations of students, in English language arts, math and graduation, and how they are doing in teaching English learners to become proficient in English. Reynoldsburg’s grade: B

• Improving at-risk K-3 readers looks at how successful districts and schools are at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond. Reynoldsburg’s grade: C

• Graduation rate looks at the percentage of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years. Reynoldsburg’s grade: A

• Prepared for success looks at how well prepared Ohio’s students are for all future opportunities, whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college. Reynoldsburg’s grade: F

Each of the district’s six indicators stayed flat compared to last year, with the exception of third-grade literacy where Reynoldsburg moved up from a D on the 2017-18 report card.

This year, 96.5% of district third-graders met the state’s third-grade reading guarantee, where students must pass the state reading test before going on to fourth grade, according to the report card. But only 71% scored proficient on the state’s English language arts test.

The district is finalizing a five-year strategic plan based on many of the report card’s areas for improvement, but officials point to Reynoldsburg’s quality profile as a better highlight of the ways the district serves the whole child.

The district is finalizing a five-year strategic plan based on many of the report card’s areas for improvement, but officials point to Reynoldsburg’s quality profile as a better highlight of the ways the district serves the “whole child, not just test scores and data.”

Reynoldsburg has increased its professional-development offerings and added more support staff to help boost classroom achievement, Brown said. He said the 2019 report card shows Reynoldsburg is “at or above the state average in English language arts, math, biology, American history and government.”

“Our graduation rate is excellent,” Brown wrote. “The class of 2019 featured 526 graduates, with 24 students entering the military. That class earned 4,215 college credits and participated in 260 internships. The class of 2019 also earned more than $10 million in scholarships.”

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts