COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Education has released its annual report cards for school districts across the state, and officials are viewing the results positively.
The DOE says schools are showing "ongoing improvement" statewide, with more than half increasing their performance index and 666 individual buildings improving by at least one overall letter grade. Nearly 80 percent of districts across Ohio are now rated "C" or better.
Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public institution, issued the following statement:
"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. 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."
Other highlights include:
- 12 districts (including Cleveland and Lorain) improved from an overall "F" to a "D"
- All student subgroups saw increased proficiency in math and all but one saw increase in English
- The class of 2018 saw a graduation rate of 85.3%, which the state says is a new high
- The number of students sporting remediation-free SAT and ACT scores has increased
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