Area schools graded B, C or D

For the first time, districts and schools have been assigned overall letter grades, with districts earning an overall B, C or D grade for the 2017-18 Ohio School Report Card.

The overall grade is calculated by using results in six components of achievement, progress, gap closing, improving at-risk K-3 readers, graduation rate and prepared for success. Districts also received overall grades on each of these component.

School districts earning an overall “B” grade include Buckeye Central Local Schools, Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools, Old Fort Local Schools, Seneca East Local Schools, Tiffin City Schools and Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Local Schools.

Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber said he is excited to have seen a lot of improvement.

Barber said by looking at all the districts in the state, there has been a bell curve with 24 districts earning As, 191 earning Bs, 253 earning Cs, 141 earning Ds and 14 earning Fs. Barber said he also took into account the similar districts to TCS and the districts in their conference.

“From that standpoint, where we were before and where we are now, I’m very proud of our staff and their support staff,” he said.

Within the progress area, Barber said the district had earned a C grade last year and has improved to a B grade overall — having met 16 of the 21 indicators. The district earned an A grade for gifted students and a B for those in the lowest 20 percent in achievement.

Barber said their next large focus is to the students with disabilities where the district earned a F grade.

In addition to the district’s improvements, Barber said in the gap closing component the district had earned an F overall grade last year and this year the district has earned a B overall grade.

“The staff has done an amazing job on really staying focused this last year,” he said.

Barber said they are satisfied with a B, but will not be content until they become an A district.

“I believe we will someday,” he said.

Barber said Tiffin City Board of Education has made the challenge for TCS to become a destination district, where people move to and not leave.

New Riegel Local Schools, Carey Exempted Village Local Schools, Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Local Schools, Lakota Local Schools, Mohawk Local Schools earned an overall “C” grade.

Earning an overall “D” grade were community schools North Central Academy and Bridges Community Academy, along with Fostoria City Schools district.

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center also was graded on the components of achievement, C; graduation rate, A; prepared for success, C; and post-program outcomes, A.

For more information on your district’s report card, visit https://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/.

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