For the second consecutive year, Worthington 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.

“In Worthington, we are committed to working on learning opportunities so that all of our students find success,” said Superintendent Trent Bowers. “We’re striving daily to improve in every area of our organization.”

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

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.

Worthington earned a component grade of C for achievement, which focuses on student performance on state exams. The district earned the same grade for the 2017-18 school year.

For progress, which measures students’ growth based on past performance, the district received a C for a component grade, a D for overall growth and an A for growth with gifted students. The district earned a C for growth for students in the lowest 20% of achievement and a D for those with disabilities.

For the previous school year, the district received an A for progress, an A for both overall growth and gifted students, and a B for students in the lowest 20% of achievement and for disabilities.

The district sent a joint reply from the educational team of Angie Adrean, Kim Brown, Patrick Callaghan, Neil Gupta, Tom Kazmarek, Tricia Merenda and Kelly Wegley when asked about the differences in the progress grade on the past two report cards.

“The progress category speaks to the growth of each student compared to the expected growth of all students in that grade level cohort across the state,” the response said. “In speaking to the letter grade, last year Worthington received an A, which is defined by the Ohio Department of Education document guide to (the) 2019 Ohio School Report Cards as making ‘more than expected progress.’ This year, Worthington received the letter grade C, which is defined by the Ohio Department of Education as receiving ‘expected progress.’ We have maintained the accelerated growth achieved last year.”

On graduation rates, Worthington earned an A overall. Its four-year graduation rate was 95.2%, an increase from 93.3% in 2017-18, and the five-year rate was 95.6% compared to 96.7% in 2017-18.

For improving at-risk K-3 readers, the district earned a C, the same grade as the previous year.

“All of our students in Worthington did meet the third-grade promotion scores, and Worthington had zero students retained,” the district educational team’s response said.

In the prepared-for-success category, which focuses on how prepared students are for opportunities outside of high school, the district earned a C, the same as the previous year.

The educational team’s response said Worthington is in the top 16% of districts statewide for this component.

“We are continuing to test students with the PSAT and other nationally normed tests, foster partnerships with local organizations for internships and feedback on career readiness, expanding enrollment in (Advanced Placement) and (International Baccalaureate) and increasing communication in College Credit Plus opportunities,” the response said. “As in the progress component, expected growth by a student group gives the district a C grade.”

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts