COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Education is preparing to release information on how school districts performed during the last school year.
Report card data scheduled for release Thursday will include rankings for overall student achievement, annual progress and an area called gap closing, which reflects the extent to which students in different ethnic, racial, income and disability groups received an equal education.
Graduation rates also will be incorporated in report cards along with literacy progress for struggling readers from kindergarten to third grade and a measure of how well students are prepared to succeed beyond high school.
This is the first year the state will give letter grades in all six categories.
This will be a critical report card for several school systems in the Miami Valley.
During the last school year Dayton, West Carrollton, Trotwood, Springfield, Huber Heights and Piqua each had low grades.
Under Ohio law, a district that continues to receive failing grades could get taken over by the state.
Right now, there’s a grace period in place that’s giving some of those districts more time to turn things around after new tests were rolled out during the 2014-2015 school year, but according to the Department of Education, that goes away after this next year.
That means, if a district gets a bad grade this year, it’s even more important to make changes that will improve the school. If not, it could be shut down or taken over.