COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Education reported ongoing improvement overall statewide in its report cards released Thursday.

Grades and other data for all schools and districts, including community and other schools, are available at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.

"This year’s report cards show continuous improvement is ongoing and that, across Ohio, we are getting better and better at challenging, preparing and empowering each child," said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. "We are seeing positive results from the focus on equity, partnerships and quality schools for all students. I applaud the hard work by students, teachers, parents and community members that has led to the progress we see. That said, we must keep pushing forward. We will continue to implement Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s shared strategic plan for education, and keep looking for ways to more effectively serve the state’s 1.7 million students."

Interpreting the results

The state assigns school districts an overall A-F grade based on six components. Achievement and progress each account for 20 percent of the overall grade. The other components contribute 15 percent each.

These are the six areas measured and what they mean:

ACHIEVEMENT: How students collectively performed on state tests starting in Grade 3.

PROGRESS: Are all students – particularly gifted, struggling students, and those with disabilities – advancing to the next grade level?

GAP CLOSING: Are lower income, minority or disabled students catching up to the state average performance of students in each of those groups?

GRADUATION RATE: Issuing diplomas in less than four or five years.

K-3 LITERACY: Are struggling third-grade readers getting help, and is it working?

PREPARED FOR SUCCESS: Earning industry credentials or testing high enough on the ACT to avoid remedial classes in college. 

Local district results

The Tallmadge City Schools received an overall district grade of C in 2018-19 school year. The district received an A for graduation rate; B grades in progress and gap closing, a C in achievement and a D in prepared for success.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Tallmadge City Schools also received an overall C grade. The district received an A for graduation rate, a B for gap closing, a C for achievement and Ds for improving at-risk K-3 readers and prepared for success.

The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools received an overall district grade of D for the 2018-19 school year. It received a B for graduation rate, D grades in achievement, improving at-risk K-3 readers, and gap closing; and F grades in progress and prepared for success.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools received an overall district grade of C. The district received B grades for graduation rate and gap closing, a C for improving at-risk K-3 readers, D grades in achievement and progress, and an F for prepared for success.

The Woodridge Local Schools received an overall grade of C for the district in the 2018-19 school year. It received an A for graduation rate, Bs in progress and gap closing, a C in improving at-risk K-3 readers, and D grades in achievement and prepared for success.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Woodridge Local Schools received a C grade overall. The district received As in graduation rate and progress, a B in gap closing, a C in improving at-risk K-3 readers, and Ds in achievement and prepared for success.

The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools received an overall district grade of C for the 2018-19 school year. It received As in gap closing and graduation rate, a C in improving at-risk K-3 readers, a D in prepared for success and for achievement, and an F in progress.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Stow-Munroe Falls schools received a C for overall district grade. It received an A for graduation rate, a B for gap closing, C grades in achievement and improving at-risk K-3 readers, and an F in progress.

The Hudson City Schools received an A for its overall district grade for 2018-19. The district received As in progress, gap closing, graduation rate and prepared for success, and B grades in improving at-risk K-3 readers and in achievement.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Hudson City Schools received an A overall, with As in progress, gap closing, graduation rate and prepared for success, a B for achievement, and a C for improving at-risk K-3 readers.

The Twinsburg City Schools received an overall grade of B for the district in 2018-19. It received an A for graduation rate and for gap closing, Bs for achievement and progress, and Cs for prepared for success and improving at-risk K-3 readers.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Twinsburg City Schools received an overall B grade for the district. It received As for gap closing and graduation rate, Bs for achievement and progress, a C for prepared for success, and a D for improving at-risk K-3 readers.

The Nordonia Hills City Schools received a B grade overall for the district in the 2018-19 school year. It received As for graduation rate and gap closing, a B for progress, a C for achievement, and Ds for improving at-risk K-3 readers and prepared for success.

In the 2017-18 school year, the Nordonia Hills City Schools received a B grade overall. The district received As in gap closing and graduation rate, a B in progress, Cs in achievement and improving at-risk K-3 readers, and a D for prepared for success.

Statewide highlights

• Student proficiency increased for the third consecutive year in both English language arts and mathematics. Overall proficiency rates increased by 0.9 percentage points in English language arts and by 0.6 percentage points in math.

• All student subgroups—including students with disabilities, students of color, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—increased in proficiency in math and all but one improved in English language arts.

• Across the state, 56.3 percent of schools increased their Performance Index scores this year.

• The four-year graduation rate has reached a new high of 85.3 percent for the class of 2018.

• Approximately 9,125 more students in the class of 2018 earned dual enrollment credits compared to the class of 2017.

• An additional 2,711 students earned industry-recognized credentials this year.

• The number of students scoring remediation-free on the ACT or SAT increased by 2,045 compared to last year.

This is the second year in which districts and schools receive overall letter grades. The overall grade is calculated using results in the six components: Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success.

Nearly 80 percent of districts received a "C" or higher, with more than 30 percent receiving a "B" or higher, according to information from the Ohio Department of Education. Approximately 70 percent of school buildings received a "C" or higher.

The overall grades of 666 schools also improved from last year, with 86 of these schools improving by at least two letter grades.

In addition, 106 districts improved their overall grades from last year. Among these, 12 districts that earned an "F" last year, improved to a "D" (85 percent).

"I’m particularly proud of all the districts that have improved their overall grades," said DeMaria, "I know they will continue their focus on improvement so they can continue to advance even further and ensure that every student is successful."

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC