COLUMBUS, Ohio — The annual school report cards that evaluate achievement and progress at districts throughout Ohio were released Thursday – but there are some changes again this year.
As it was done with last year's report cards, the Ohio Department of Education has abbreviated the 2020-2021 report, which will “not contain overall grades for any districts or buildings” due to “continued challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
"This is in keeping with legislation passed earlier this year, which acknowledged the various obstacles to education the pandemic has presented," according to the Ohio Department of Education.
Instead, the 2020-2021 report cards give updated information on graduation rates, prepared for success indicators and demographic / enrollment data. CLICK HERE to search for your school district's report card.
“While we do not have as much information as we normally would, schools and districts can use the data in this year’s report cards to guide decisions about where and how to focus time, efforts and resources that will best serve their students in the midst of pandemic-related challenges,” said Dr. Stephanie K. Siddens, interim state superintendent of public instruction. “The entire education community continues to model perseverance, dedication and resilience despite challenges that still exist both inside and outside the classroom. I commend districts and schools across the state for their commitment to innovation and creativity as they continue to ensure students, educators and staff are healthy, safe and successful every day.”
Here are some highlights of a few Northeast Ohio school districts in the newly released report cards:
- Enrollment: 34,511
- Attendance rate: 81.3 percent
- Graduation rate: 80.9 percent
AKRON CITY SCHOOLS
- Enrollment: 20,434
- Attendance rate: 91.4 percent
- Graduation rate: 82.6 percent
CANTON CITY SCHOOLS
- Enrollment: 7,928
- Attendance rate: 86.8 percent
- Graduation rate: 74.3 percent
“Report cards are designed to give parents, communities, educators and policymakers information about the performance of districts and schools — to celebrate success and identify areas for improvement,” according to the Ohio Department of Education’s site. “The information provides transparent reporting on student performance, drives local conversations on continuous improvement and identiﬁes schools to receive intensive supports. The goal is to ensure high expectations and equitable outcomes for all Ohio’s students.”
CLICK HERE to explore data from last year's school report cards.