Ohio will start giving schools letter grades

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state of Ohio is changing the way it evaluates schools and districts, switching to letter grades just like the students get.

The Ohio Department of Education said Wednesday that the change will be phased in over several years, starting this fall.

Schools and districts will get "A" through "F" letter grades on various measures instead of labels like "excellent" and "continuous improvement," which is the case now.

Grades for six individual measures -- achievement, progress, "gap closing, graduation rate, K-3 literacy and whether graduates are prepared for college or work -- will be combined into one overall grade for the school or district.

The state education board will in the coming months work with educators and communities to determine how to award letter grades in the categories.

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