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The report cards are in, and it’s the schools getting the grades

The Ohio school report cards come out every year as a way of assessing the performance of each district.

The Ohio school report cards come out every year as a way of assessing the performance of each district.

This is the first year districts receive an overall letter grade.

And that's based on the results of six components, including achievement on state tests, progress, and graduation rate.

Chuck Kokiko, superintendent of the Jefferson County Education Service Center, explains what the report cards are all about.

“It's an opportunity for the ESC staff and the teachers to look at the data and the teachers to look at the data and find opportunities for improvement, successes from the past year, and then come up with a game plan moving forward for the next year,” he said.

Here's how the grades stacked up.

In Jefferson County, Steubenville received an overall 'b' grade, with Edison Local scoring a 'c'.

Steubenville also stole the Cleveland.Com headline, ranking No. 1 in the entire state when the data is "income adjusted."

"Steubenville City Schools has implemented success for all reading and math program for 19 years. Through this program and the efforts of administration, teachers, students, and especially the parents, Steubenville City Schools continues to have positive results on the Ohio school report card," the district said.

Edison local responded to its results with:

"We have made substantial gains in our test scores, as well as an increase in our grades. Although our overall grades are in the average range, we are overall pleased with our gains from last year."

Buckeye Local, Indian Creek and Toronto received 'd' grades, but say there are still achievements to celebrate.

Buckeye Local noted:

"(We) showed a large increase in the gap closing component which shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for all students, especially our most vulnerable populations of students."

Toronto said this:

"(We) increased scores significantly on 10 of the 22 state tests, increased the gap closing score at Toronto Jr.-Sr. High school to a "B", and (were) able to maintain a "B" for graduation rate" in addition, and Toronto had the highest scores in the area for Biology with a 100 percent passage rate."

In Harrison County, Harrison Hills City School District landed a 'c' grade.

In Belmont County, also scoring 'c's' were Barnesville, Bridgeport and St. Clairsville, while Bellaire, Martins Ferry, Shadyside and Union Local scored 'd' grades.

Schools and the Jefferson County ESC are already interpreting the data and making action plans to improve for next year.

“In our case as an ESC, how can we support the districts in their highest areas of need what type of professional development and resources, and it helps us funnel those to the most needed area,” Kokiko said.

According to the Jefferson County ESC, these report card results could impact grant funding, but do not impact traditional state and federal funding.

Here are the district's full statements:

STEUBENVILLE:

Steubenville City Schools has implemented Success For All Reading and Math program for 19 years. Through this program and the efforts of administration, teachers, students, and especially the parents, Steubenville City Schools continues to have positive results on the Ohio School Report Card.”

EDISON:

"We have made substantial gains in our test scores, as well as an increase in our grades. Although our overall grades are in the average range, we are overall pleased with our gains from last year."

BUCKEYE LOCAL:

Buckeye Local School District is evaluating the recent state assessment data to determine areas of weakness. We are using this information to form a plan of action providing professional development based upon results and student/teacher needs. Buckeye Local showed a large increase in the gap closing component which shows how well schools are meeting the performance expectations for all students, especially our most vulnerable populations of students. As a district, we will continue to provide the best possible for our students and staff.

TORONTO:

"While the Toronto City School District had an overall grade of “D”, there were many improvements noted. Toronto increased scores significantly on ten of the twenty-two state tests, increased the gap closing score at Toronto Jr.-Sr. High School to a “B”, and was able to maintain a “B” for graduation rate. In addition, Toronto had the highest scores in the area for Biology with a 100 percent passage rate and American History with a 93.4 percent passage rate. We have a long way to go but we are pleased with the progress we have made in just one school year."

To see the report cards, click here.


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