>The Ohio Department of Education district report cards will be officially released Friday. Preliminary information has been released and compiled into the charts below. For background, there are several statistics generated by the Department of Education. For the purposes of this article, we will concentrate on two.
State Indicators: The Department of Education has created a list of benchmarks for each school district to achieve. These include certain criteria for achievemnent tests in grades 3 through 8; the 10th grade graduation test; the 11th grade graduation test; the overall graduation rate; and attendance. You can view these in more detail by clicking this link and then clicking on “2009-10 Guide to Understanding Ohio’s Accountability System.” It is significant to note that from 2007 through 2009 there were a total of 30 state benchmarks, or indicators – but the state eliminated four of the categories so that there are only 26 state indicators for 2010 (and consequently each district’s numbers went down in 2010, at least partially due to the elimination of the four categories).
Designation: Each school is given one of six designations, in order from best-to-worst: Excellent with Distinction, Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch, and Academic Emergency.