Report Card FAQs

Ohio's Accountability System includes four components: State Indicators, Performance Index score, Value Added, and AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). FAQs provided below offer in-depth explanations for the most common questions about the Accountability System and its implementation.

Local Report Card FAQ

Local Report Card FAQ

    What is new for the 2018-2019 report cards?

    The 2018-2019 report cards for districts and schools will look very similar in style and display to the report cards that were released last year as the first year under ESSA requirements. 

    School-level expenditure requirements under ESSA are new this year. The new reporting and display requirements include the source of funding (federal funds versus funds coming from nonfederal sources). Expenditures will be reported for both schools and districts on a weighted per-pupil basis.

    The minimum size (N-Size) needed to evaluate a student subgroup in the Gap Closing component was reduced from 25 to 20. Some schools and districts will have more subgroups evaluated than in prior years.

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    What is new for the 2018-2019 Career-Technical Planning District report cards?

    The State Board of Education recently passed changes to the Career-Technical Planning District report cards based on recommendations from an external stakeholder work group. Changes include:

    The former Prepared for Success component will be substantially expanded for the Career-Technical Planning District report card. It now will be called the Career and Postsecondary Readiness component and will include credit for additional readiness measures such as military service, apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, additional advanced coursework successfully completed, and work-based learning experiences.

    The Performance Index will be phased in as the academic achievement measure (but will not be graded this year). The new Performance Index measure will replace the Indicators Met measure, which no longer will be included.

    The Overall Grade will be implemented for the 2019 report cards. Each of the four components is equally weighted at 25 percent.

    Federal Perkins V transition requirements do not require the reporting of federal targets.

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    What is changing for graduation and students with disabilities?

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes specific requirements for graduation reporting as it relates to students with disabilities. Specifically, ESSA requires that students who do not meet the state requirements for a regular diploma are not to be counted as on-time graduates in the cohort graduation rate.

    In Ohio, this would mean students with individualized education programs (IEPs) who take the required assessments but are not subject to the consequences would not meet the graduation rate reporting requirements according to the ESSA definition. However, Ohio law requires that any student receiving a diploma be included as an on-time graduate in the state accountability system, including students who meet graduation requirements based on their IEPs.

    Therefore, the 2018-2019 report cards will continue previous reporting rules and include these students in the class of 2018 as on-time graduates for state report card purposes. Separately, for federal reporting and ESSA identification purposes (Priority and Focus schools), Ohio will report a separate rate, which will not include these students as on-time graduates.

    It is in the best interest of students with disabilities that the state creates the conditions and an accountability system that establishes an expectation that they achieve the same graduation requirements as other students – except for those who are participating in the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. It also is the state’s responsibility to provide supports and resources to reach this goal. Consequently, the ultimate goal should be that the state’s report cards portray a graduation rate that is the same as the one reported to the federal government based on current federal requirements, excluding graduates who are students with disabilities who receive diplomas without having met the same requirements as their non-disabled peers.

    The Department will be providing resources and data to support this transition, which coincides with the implementation of Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, and the ongoing policy discussions on Ohio’s pathways to graduation.

    For questions related to Graduation Requirements, please contact:

    For questions related to the Graduation Rate calculation, please contact:

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    I have a question that's not listed here. Where do I go?

    For general questions, email or call the Department’s toll-free number at (877) 644-6338. E-mail Accountability questions to

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Last Modified: 9/10/2019 3:20:45 PM