The results are official.
Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Education released local report cards for schools and districts. Ohio continues to raise expectations for how its schools perform with the goal to have students better prepared to complete post-high school education and to meet the ever-increasing demands of today's employers.
As superintendent of New Albany-Plain Local Schools, I am extremely proud of the outstanding efforts of our students, teachers, administrators, staff and families. Our district is ranked 17th out of 608 public school districts statewide -- a significant improvement from our ranking of 19th the previous year and 38th just two years ago, which comes as a result of hard work districtwide.
This ranking is based on our 106 out of 120 possible points on the state performance index for student achievement.
We continue to accelerate our commitment to excellence to be ranked in the top 10 or higher of all public school districts by September 2023 by earning a ranking of No. 17. The district's student-achievement levels place us in the top 2.796% of all public school districts in Ohio today.
Highlights of student achievement levels earned include:
* An overall A grade and was the only district in Franklin County to do so for two consecutive years.
* One of 31 A's statewide and one of two A's in Franklin County.
* Highest level of student achievement in Franklin County, including students scoring at the "advanced plus" level.
* One of 50 districts statewide and the only school district in Franklin County to earn the gifted indicator.
* One of 44 districts statewide to earn all possible points in the gap-closing measure.
* Fiscal 2019 expenditures per pupil of $11,291 compared to an average of $12,258 in similar districts.
* An overall A grade for New Albany Early Learning Center, the primary school and the intermediate school.
* The fifth-highest level of student achievement in third grade in Ohio and the highest in Franklin County for the primary school.
* 100% of third-graders meeting the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee for the third year in a row.
Middle school outcomes
* An overall B grade for New Albany Middle School.
* The highest levels of student achievement of all middle schools in Franklin County and the sixth highest in the state compared to other grades 7 and 8 buildings.
High school outcomes
* An overall A grade for New Albany High School.
* The third-highest level of student achievement and third-highest percentage of students earning dual-enrollment high school and college credit in Franklin County.
While we pause to celebrate our accomplishments, we must continue to identify areas for year-over-year improvements to support increased student achievement, student growth and student well-being.
We can and will continue to improve as we create a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.
Look out, 2019-20!
Michael Sawyers is superintendent of the New Albany-Plain Local School District.