CLEVELAND — The Ohio Department of Education released the 2019 Ohio School Report Cards Thursday, an annual assessment of the state’s schools that this year shows “ongoing improvement statewide.”
“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.”
Statewide, student proficiency increased for the third consecutive year in both English language arts and mathematics, according to the ODOE. Over half – 56.3% - of schools in Ohio increased their Performance Index scores in the last year.
The four-year graduation rate has reached a new high for the class of 2018 at 85.3%.
In the second year that schools and districts have received overall letter grades, nearly 80% of districts received a “C” or higher, and 30% received a “B” or higher.
The overall grades of 666 schools also improved from last year; 86 of those schools jumped up at least two letter grades.
These grades are based on six components: Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success. More information on these metrics can be found here.