From the Superintendent


This week the Ohio Department of Education will release new district and school report cards that, for the first time, assign A-F letter grades on nine measures.

These new report cards will make the educational performance of your schools and districts more transparent than ever. Your district and school report cards will also position you to have a productive dialogue with your community about strengths and opportunities that can drive your school system’s improvement.

Many school leaders around the state already are working with parents and school teams to look closely at the new system and the data it generates. As we measure more areas of school performance over the next two years, you should get additional clarity on what must be done to ensure that all of Ohio’s boys and girls get the quality education they deserve. As you work with your communities, I urge you to take advantage of our new Principal’s Toolkit to help you explain the new system. The report card web page also will have a Resources section with documents and supporting information.

The reports will be available to the public beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 22, at reportcard.education.ohio.gov. One hour before that, we will hold a call-in news conference where we will explain the report card to Ohio media.

In our communications about these new report cards, we will be emphasizing that these nine measures cannot and should not be averaged into a single grade for a school or district, and that we will wait until 2015 to issue component and overall district and building grades, once we phase in the remaining measures.

I hope you will enjoy the coming school year and see its challenges as opportunities to better serve your children and community and sharpen your skills as an education leader.

Thank you for all you do for the boys and girls of Ohio.


Dr. Richard A. Ross

State Superintendent of Public Instruction