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Ohio school districts left ungraded by Dept. of Education due to COVID-19 impacts

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Posted at 1:47 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 13:47:46-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The coronavirus pandemic has not only disrupted the way school districts operate and how students learn but has impacted the way the Ohio Department of Education was able to grade individual school districts for the 2020 Ohio School Report Cards.

Unlike in previous years, this year’s report cards won’t have overall grades for any district or building, individual grades or rating for performance. The report cards also don’t include any information about student performance on state tests or academic growth due to legislation that canceled most state tests for the last portion of the 2019-2020 school year.

In this year’s edition of school report cards, the Ohio Department of Education was able to provide the following data:

  • Graduation rate— shows the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four or five years. This data is available and was not impacted for the reporting years.
  • Improving at-risk K-3 readers— This looks at how successful schools are at improving reading for at-risk students in grade K-3. This data is partially available this year.
  • Prepared for success — This component looks at how well students are prepared for future opportunities, whether in a technical field or preparing for work or college. This data was available and not impacted for the reporting years.

The ODE said given the limited data available, it will be difficult to gauge how well a particular school is performing.

Some key highlights from this year’s report include:

  • Continued improvement in the high school graduation rate– The four-year graduation rate stands at 85.9 percent for the Class of 2019, up from 85.3 percent the previous year. This is an increase of 7.9 percent since 2010.
  • More students are meeting the Prepared for Success measure– The statewide percentage has increased to 42 percent with 3,994 more students contributing points to the readiness indicators compared to last year. The statewide percentage has increased every year this measure has been reported – up 7.8 percent since 2016.
  • Gains in industry-recognized credentials and dual enrollment- Nearly 18,200 students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 earned industry-recognized credentials, an increase of 3,427 from the previous year. The number of students earning dual enrollment credits

Find how your school or district was graded here.