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Few A and F grades on new state report cards as some schools shine, East Cleveland faces state control

September 13, 2018

Few A and F grades on new state report cards as some schools shine, East Cleveland faces state control

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Education has just released its annual report cards for schools and school districts.

We’ll have details soon here on several key results:

- New A-F overall grades for each school and district came out, with the state awarding few A and F grades statewide and bunching most districts in the middle.

Bay Village, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Rocky River and Solon all earned overall A grades from Cuyahoga County.

Cleveland. East Cleveland, Euclid, Painesville and Lorain all were rated F from Northeast Ohio.

- The East Cleveland and Warrensville Heights schools were watching their grades closely. F grades would trigger state intervention, which would be avoided with a D.

Warrensville Heights earned a D and ducked state intervention, but East Cleveland did not. We’ll have more here soon about what that means.

- Full report card details are not yet out, so it’s still unclear whether the Cleveland school district makes any test score gains, despite the F, or whether its 2012 improvement plan has stalled out.

Though the district had small score increases right after the plan - and a large new school tax was passed - gains have been only incremental the last few years.

Click here for the state’s guide to interpreting the grades.

Click here to search the scores for your school or district.

Here’s a look at how districts statewide were graded:

The return of overall ratings, shelved since 2013 while the state adopted new learning standards and ways of evaluating schools, are a likely source of controversy.

Instead of the old hard-to understand labels like “continuous improvement” and “academic watch,” schools and districts will all be graded from A to F, just like students. That will mean harsh grades of D and possibly F for some urban schools, but also the sting of Cs and Ds for others.

Even before the release, previews of the district grades had some upset.

North Ridgeville Superintendent Roxann-Ramsey Caserio sent parents a letter saying her district’s C grade does not show multiple improvements in recent years.

“While the report card the state provides to each district is important, it does not necessarily reflect an accurate picture of the district or the progress that it has made,” she wrote, before listing changes.

“We understand that an overall report card grade of a C is not where we want it to be, but we encourage stakeholders to understand that student learning cannot be summarized by one letter grade,” she said. “This report card and the data it includes must be digested and acted upon as part of a long-term improvement strategy.”

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