+ Central Ohio Schools: 2009-2010 State Report Card

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Most central Ohio school districts got “respectable” grades on this year’s report card, although fewer earned an A-plus grade, according to Jennifer Smith Richards’s August 25 article in the Columbus Dispatch.

The state grades districts on a scale from A-plus to F.  Grades are assigned based on

  • test scores
  • attendance
  • graduation rates
  • how much students have improved year-to-year. 

Three of the 49 districts received a C grade (two fewer than last year).  No local district has a D.

While fourteen districts lost ground, 10 gained.  The remaining areas held steady.  Columbus City Schools, under Superintendent Gene Harris, maintained its C grade.

Two districts improved two levels: Buckeye Valley schools went from a B to an A-plus.  South-Western rose from a C to an A.

Lancaster schools in Fairfield County was the lone district to drop two grade levels, from A to C.  

Charter schools, which in Ohio as a group have earned low marks in past years, showed marked improvement.  On the most recent report cards, 43 percent of charters earned a C or better, and this year, 55 percent were rated at least a C.  (Charter schools are taxpayer-funded public schools, but most are privately run.) 

A state law closes chronically underperforming charter schools based on report card results.  Improved ratings appear to have saved six of the nine local charters (there are 31 statewide) which were at risk of closing previously.

Academy of Columbus, the Columbus Arts and Technology Academy, Columbus Preparatory Academy, Crittenton Community School, Millennium Community School and the Northland Preparatory and Fitness Academy improved enough to avoid closure.

The remaining three charter schools, which had been placed on notice last year and earned an F this year, have not announced whether they will be forced to close at the end of the year.

And Columbus Preparatory, a K-8 school on the West Side, improved enough to be healthily off the list: they received a B.

sole source: Jennifer Smith Richards’s 8/25 article in the Columbus Dispatch.  http://www.dispatch.com

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021  or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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