Report Card FAQs

Ohio School Report Cards, Career-Technical Planning District Report Cards and Dropout Prevention and Recovery Report Cards provide information on several measures and components that include academic performance, attendance and enrollment, and many other pieces of demographic and staffing information. 

Ohio law, with recently passed House Bill 67 of the 134th General Assembly and the accountability waiver approved the U.S. Department of Education have had substantial impacts on the state’s accountability system and Ohio School Report Cards for the 2020-2021 school year. The Frequently Asked Questions provided below offer in-depth responses for the most common questions about the accountability system and report cards.
 
For an explanation of what data will be available and published on the 2020-2021 report cards, view this Quick View document and list of accompanying resources. 

Report Card FAQ


Report Card FAQ

    Will the Department release school and district report cards for 2020-2021??

    Yes. Report cards will be released in October 2021, however, there will be no grades assigned or rankings issued. You can find your district's and school's report cards on the Ohio Schools Report Card website
     
    Ohio law has changed the typical release date of mid-September to mid-October for this year only.

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    What will be included on the school and district report cards released in 2021?

    The intent of the report cards released in October 2021 is to report all available data for the purposes of recovery and improvement planning. It is also important to limit the consequences of any data generated during this school year in alignment with federal flexibility and recently passed state legislation.
     
    There will be no grades assigned or rankings issued, however all available data will be reported and the measures with sufficient data will be calculated. 

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    Will download files and Advanced Reports be available using the data already collected?

    Yes. Download files and Advanced Reports will be made available with the data from the 2020-2021 school year.

    The Department is in the process of transitioning to a new reporting platform to address recommendations from the EMIS Advisory Council and based on customer feedback. Users will be able to create custom reports on a variety of topics to dig deeper into available data. With the transition, the portal currently contains some report card data and school foundation payment information. Additional reports and dashboards will be released over time. 

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    What data needs reported?
    Submitting all available data is required per Ohio Revised Code §3301.0714 and House Bill 67 of the 134th General Assembly. Districts should refer to both the EMIS Manual and the COVID-19-Related EMIS Report Guidance for more information on reporting requirements.

     

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    Will chronic absenteeism be included on report cards this year?
    Yes. The chronic absenteeism rate (percentage) will be reported on the report cards this year. Additionally, this year there are new requirements from the U.S. Department of Education to report the chronic absenteeism rate by student subgroup. This information will be available on the report card website and in Advanced Reports. 
     

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    Will positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) implementation be included on report cards this year?
    Yes. District implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is notated on the Ohio School Report Cards as “yes” or “no.” In 2020-2021, a school and district will receive a “yes” for implementation when it has a code of C, D, E or F. For more information, please refer to the PBIS Implementation webpage.
     

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    How will promotion and retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee be addressed?
    For more information on promotion and retention, please see the Department’s Reset Restart webpage on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
     

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    Should we still submit a medical waiver?
    Yes, the medical waiver submission process will occur for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for 2021 emergency medical waivers must be submitted by June 11, 2021. These waiver requests are submitted for the rare medical emergencies in which students cannot take one or more assessments during the testing windows. The waivers are used to adjust participation rate and achievement calculations. Please see the Department’s Emergency Medical Waiver webpage for details.
     

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    Will the Performance Index Rankings be published this year?
    No. There will not be Performance Index Rankings for the 2020-2021 school year as directed by Ohio law.
     

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    Will the Gifted Rankings be published this year?
    No. There will not be Gifted Rankings for the 2020-2021 school year as directed as directed by Ohio law.
     

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    Will the Value-Added Rankings be published this year?
    No. There will not be Value-Added Rankings for the 2020-2021 school year as directed by Ohio law. 
     

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    Will the Expenditure Rankings be published this year?
    Yes. The financial data and expenditure rankings will be available and posted this year as reporting and data availability was not impacted. Financial data will also continue to be reported on the report cards this year. 

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    How will schools be identified as eligible for the Columbus City School Pilot Project?
    The schools that were identified as eligible in Fall 2019 for the 2019 – 2020 school year, and remained on the eligibility list for the 2020-2021 school year. Eligibility for this program is determined using the Performance Index rankings for the previous three years of available data. Since there will not be rankings available for the 2020-2021 school year, the eligibility will carry forward for one year again, as directed by Ohio law. Therefore, the schools identified as eligible in Fall 2019 will carry forward again for the 2021-2022 school year. New eligibility will be determined in Fall 2022 with complete data available for Performance Index rankings. 

     

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    Will there be community school Operator Reports this year?
    Yes, however it will include partial information compared to prior years. The Community School Operator Report includes academic, non-academic, staff and finance data. The Operator Report this year will not include the academic portion of data as directed by Ohio law. The non-academic, staff and finance data will be included as available when the reports are released later this Fall.
     

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    Will schools be identified for Priority, Focus and Warning status for school improvement?
    Schools will not be identified for federal improvement status in Fall 2021 based on the 2020-2021 school year data. All schools currently identified in Ohio as Priority, Focus or Warning will remain in their current status for one additional year. New identifications will be made in Fall 2022 using data from the 2021-2022 school year. All schools identified for school improvement will receive additional information from the Office for Improvement and Innovation later this year.
     

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    Will district and school Watch Lists be run this year?
    No. There will not be new identifications of Watch Status for the 2020-2021 school year as directed by Ohio law.
     

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    Will there be school and district performance awards this year?
    No. The annual school and district performance awards (All A, Overall A, Momentum, Schools of Honor and Schools of Promise) will not be awarded this year due to the fact that there will not be grades or rankings available to determine eligibility for each award.
     

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    Will there be 2022 National Blue Ribbon nominees based on the 2020-2021 school year?
    The National Blue-Ribbon Awards program is run by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is based on performance data so it may be challenging to determine eligibility with incomplete testing data. For the 2021 award, the U.S. Department of Education allowed states to use performance data from 2018-2019 to determine eligibility. We will provide more information as we receive information from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2022 eligibility and awards. 
     

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    Will graduation requirements change?
    Additional details on graduation requirement flexibilities can be found on the Department’s Reset Restart webpages specific to graduation course flexibilities and graduation requirements flexibilities.
     

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    Will the physical education and wellness data be reported on this year’s report cards? Is the physical education and wellness data required this year?
    Yes. The physical education and wellness data will be reported on this year’s report card. Physical education and wellness data is a report-only item on the Ohio School Report Cards and does not factor into report card ratings (even in a more typical year when there are report card ratings). Senate Bill 210 states that physical education benchmarks must be mandated and reported every year. There is no change to this requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, all physical education benchmark evaluations, school and district data should be submitted through EMIS for the 2020-2021 school year. Submitting all available data is required. Districts should refer to the EMIS manual for more information on reporting requirements. Districts may include any partially evaluated or non-evaluated students in the “evaluation not conducted at this grade band for the building” field rather than including them in the limited, proficient or advanced count. For example, if a student was not evaluated on all of the standards during the 2020-2021 school year, that student would not be included in the limited, proficient or advanced count and rather included in the “evaluation not conducted at this grade band for the building.” A district may also decide to create a tracking mechanism (spreadsheet) of all students listed in the “evaluation not conducted” category for records purposes. Please visit the Department’s Physical Education webpage for additional details about physical education data reporting.
     

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    What deadlines are used for Full Academic Year (FAY) and the Participation Date for Assessments for the 2020-2021 school year?
    The Full Academic Year cutoff date has changed to March 31 and will remain March 31 for all years moving forward. The participation date for assessments is still April 13th as it has been in past years.

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

    For general questions, email contact.center@education.ohio.gov or call the Department’s toll-free number at (877) 644-6338.

    For accountability or report card questions, email accountability@education.ohio.gov or call the Office of Accountability at (614) 466-5853. 

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Last Modified: 5/24/2021 12:40:20 PM