Student Achievement Increases Seen Statewide in 2018 Ohio School Report Cards
Release date: 9/13/2018
The Ohio Department of Education today released the annual Ohio School Report Cards and, once again, student achievement increased statewide in multiple areas — and with most subgroups of students.
Users can find the grades and other data for all schools and districts, including community and other schools, at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.
“This year’s report cards show improvement in districts in every corner of the state, at all levels of wealth, large and small, urban, rural and everything in between,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Each of Ohio’s students can achieve, and the report cards provide us with reasons to celebrate. They also identify areas for improvement, and we’ll use them to drive conversations on how we can better serve Ohio’s 1.7 million students. As we work to implement Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education, Each Child, Our Future, we’ll continue to build on the improvement momentum we’re seeing.”
Click here to view the state report card.
Statewide highlights include:
- All subgroups of students improved their proficiency rates in English language arts, and nearly all had improvements in math performance;
- The Performance Index increased 2.6 points since 2015-2016, including a slight increase since last year. (This increase is noteworthy considering the fourth- and sixth-grade social studies tests were eliminated, and both had been some of the highest-performing tests);
- The statewide promotion rate for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is 95 percent, up from 93.9 percent last year;
- Since 2010, the four- and five-year graduation rates have consistently improved — reaching a new high, with 84.1 percent of the class of 2017 graduating in four years and 86.1 percent of the class of 2016 graduating within five years;
- On the Prepared for Success measure, which reflects the classes of 2017 and 2016, Ohio saw 3,087 more students meet at least one measure and more than 4,987 more students meet at least one of the bonus measures when compared to last year’s report card;
- Approximately 44,285 students earned honors diplomas in 2017; and
- Compared to last year, an additional 1,991 students earned industry-recognized credentials, and 9,758 students earned dual enrollment credits.
An infographic highlighting two fictional districts that earned the same overall grade but have drastic differences in performance.
For the first time, districts and schools earn overall letter grades. The overall grade is calculated by using results in the six components: Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers (previously known as K-3 Literacy Improvement), Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success. Districts and schools also received A-F grades on each of the six components and most of the individual measures. More than three-quarters of districts received a “C” or higher, with more than a third receiving a “B” or higher. Approximately 40 percent of school buildings received a “B” or higher. More information about the report card can be found here.
“The overall grades provide a quick snapshot of district and school performance,” said DeMaria. “But they don’t tell the whole story. It’s crucial that we dig into the data to ensure we tend to the needs of each child in Ohio.”
A stakeholder group is actively working to identify ways to improve the Ohio School Report Cards. The Department is committed to engaging with stakeholders and the Ohio General Assembly to make appropriate improvements, and recommendations should be finalized later this fall.
Report cards are not the only measure of the success or accomplishments of a school or district. Visiting schools and talking to parents, students, teachers and graduates can paint a more complete picture of the educational experience. As a way to highlight the many successes and achievements of Ohio’s school districts, the Department provided districts an opportunity to add a link to a webpage describing their unique qualities and successes.
For spreadsheets of the district- and building-level report card data, click here.