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

The district’s overall grade was a C last year, the first time the state used the composite grade system with an overall grade, taking into consideration everything from graduation rates to the number of children who read at their grade level.

"We are pleased with the improvement of our overall grade on the state report card," said Superintendent Heidi Kegley. "We will use this data to help our district continue to grow our students. We are particularly happy with our value-added scores, as it shows our students continue to make significant academic progress on a yearly basis."

The district earned A’s in two categories: progress and gap closing. Last year's grades were C and D, respectively.

"The progress component looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances," the report card reads.

Gap closing "shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for our most vulnerable students in English language arts, math, graduation and English language proficiency."

The district also earned a B for its graduation rate of 94.5% graduating in four years. That matches last year's grade.

The report card gave the district D's for both improving at-risk K-3 readers and prepared for success. Last year's grade for improving at-risk K-3 readers was a C. The district's grade on prepared for success last year was a D.

Only 25.1% of the district's at-risk K-3 readers met the card's requirements.

"Whether training in a technical field or preparing for work of college, the prepared-for-success component looks at how well prepared Ohio's students are for all future opportunities," according to the ODE’s website,

The district also received a C for achievement, which measures whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall. A new indicator measures chronic absenteeism.

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2019 state report cards: central Ohio school districts