On Feb. 5, President Donald J. Trump presented the annual State of the Union address to the nation.
Just a few weeks later, Grandview Heights Schools presented its second Quality Profile, which offers a detailed look at the state of the district.
Copies of the annual report were mailed to all residents of the district.
"The Quality Profile is a way to share relevant information with our community," Superintendent Andy Culp said. "It's a way to tell our story and the progress we're making as a collective organization toward our goals and objectives.
"The Ohio Department of Education's state report card is one tool that looks at academic results. The Quality Profile is a broader look at what we're doing in our school buildings to meet our mission of maximizing and personalizing each and every student's learning."
In particular, the profile outlines and demonstrates how the district is addressing the three core goal categories adopted as part of Grandview's continuous improvement plan, Culp said.
The plan's core goals relate to academic performance and growth and global competencies; fiscal responsibility and sustainability; and operations and facilities.
"These goals are timeless and provide a collective framework for what we are trying to accomplish on an annual basis," he said.
"The world today has changed from a knowledge economy to an innovation technology," Culp said. "The Quality Profile helps measure how we are providing the learning attributes we have identified as being central for our students, including accountability, collaboration, communication, empathy, honesty, perseverance, resourcefulness, respectfulness and safety."
Grandview Heights High School's place in U.S. News and World Report's national rankings has steadily risen over the past five years, from 1,674th in 2014-15 to 446th in 2018-19.
The ranking uses the criteria of college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rate.
The magazine's state rankings put the high school in 18th place for 2018-19. In 2014-15, it ranked 86th in Ohio.
Other central Ohio schools that ranked among the state's top 20 include Bexley High School (No. 4); Olentangy Liberty (10); Dublin Jerome (13); and Upper Arlington (14).
"It's a measure our leadership team and school board have identified as an important measure," Culp said. "We've hoped to have incremental improvement, and we are making incremental improvement."
The improving ranking signifies the high quality of instruction and collaboration from district staff, he said.
The high rankings "also help our students when they are applying to selective universities and colleges across the nation," Culp said.
Over the past five years, the number of Grandview students taking Advanced Placement courses has increased from 104 in 2015 to 154 in 2019.
"There's a lot of conversation about the number of students to whom we're providing access for AP courses at the high school," chief academic officer Jamie Lusher said. "We're a small district providing our students robust access to Advanced Placement courses."
But how well students are doing in those classes is just as important as the fact that they've enrolled in them, she said.
The number of students who earn scores of 3 or above on AP tests has increased from 61 (58.7%) in 2015 to 154 (76%) in 2019.
"Earning a score of at least 3-plus, you would be qualified to receive college credit," Lusher said. "It's not just about taking the course, it's achieving at the highest level. That is the authenticity and credibility of this data."
Grandview's 2019 graduates together earned 296 college credits while still in high school, she said.
A fall 2019 survey indicated 78.4% of Grandview high school students participated in a sport and 69.3% participated in music or theater.
"What's amazing is that almost 49% of our students are involved in activities both as athletes and performers," Culp said. "There are few high schools that can say that. It speaks well to how our staff works together to make sure our students have the chance to pursue all of their interests. We have a group of students who are really engaged."
Community members also can read an overview of the district's financial status and how it's managing its operations and facilities in the Quality Profile, he said.
"That's the kind of information you're not going to get in the state report card," Culp said.
About nine months ago, S&P Global Ratings, an international financial rating firm, upgraded the district's long-term credit rating from AA to AA+, Culp said.
"We applied for that and were able to get the rating upgrade before we sold our bonds for our facilities project," he said.
"That's a big deal because it means we will have lower interest rates on the bonds, and over the next 35 years, that's going to add up to significant savings for the community."