(UPDATED 10:19 p.m.) The standardized tests students took last March may seem like a distant memory as they head back to school this week, but their teachers finally received long-awaited grades based on those results.
Four local districts saw a boost in their overall ratings this year, according to state report cards the Ohio Department of Education released Wednesday.
The Clyde-Green Springs District propelled from a rating of "effective" to "excellent with the distinction." Although seven other districts received excellent ratings, it was the only district to earn that extra designation. Huron and Norwalk school districts both received "excellent with distinction" ratings last year and lost the extra gold star this time around, though both are still considered "excellent."
This year, 352 districts across the state earned ratings of "excellent" or "excellent with distinction," 56 more than last year, state superintendent Stan Heffner said.
The state uses a variety of benchmarks to measure a district's success, including students' overall scores in reading and math as well as adequate yearly progress, a federal formula that measures achievement in certain subgroups, such as ethnic groups and students with disabilities.
Statewide, about half of all districts met their targets for adequate yearly progress, though school officials pointed out that the federal No Child Left Behind plan has continued to raise the bar required to pass that category.
Only four of the 12 local districts the Register examined met the overall mark in that category — Bellevue, Danbury, Margaretta and Port Clinton — although many individual schools within the districts met their targets.
MAKING THE GRADE
School and district designations
EXC+ -- Excellent with distinction
EXC -- Excellent
EFF -- Effective
CI -- Continuous improvement
AW -- Academic watch
AE -- Academic emergency
Performance Index is on a 0-120 scale. Indicators are the number of state benchmarks met out of 26 unless otherwise noted.
DISTRICT RATING INDICATORS PERF. INDEX
BELLEVUE EXC 25 99.4
York Elementary EFF 7/8 98.6
Bellevue Middle School: EXC+ 8/8 99.1
Bellevue High School: EXC 12/12 100.9
BERLIN-MILAN EXC 24 101.4
Berlin Elementary EXC 9/10 100.5
Milan Elementary EFF 7/10 96.8
B-M Middle School EXC+ 6/6 102.5
Edison High School EXC 12/12 105.3
CLYDE-GREEN SPRINGS EXC+ 26 100.5
Green Springs Elementary EXC+ 8/8 103.2
Clyde Elementary School
McPherson Middle School EXC 8/8 100.7
Clyde High School EXC 12/12 98.7
DANBURY EXC 25 100.8
Danbury Elementary EXC 5/5 98.2
Danbury Middle School EFF 10/11 99.8
Danbury High School EXC 12/12 105.7
HURON EXC 25 103.4
Woodlands Intermediate EXC+ 9/10 101.2
McCormick Junior High EXC 7/7 103.3
Huron High School EXC 12/12 106.5
MARGARETTA EXC 21 99.0
Margaretta Elementary EXC+ 9/10 101.5
Margaretta High School
MONROEVILLE: EFF 21 97.7
Monroeville Elementary EFF 8/10 97.1
Monroeville High School CI 14/17 98.3
NORWALK EXC 25 98.9
League Elementary EXC 5/5 95.8
Maplehurst Elementary EXC 5/5 100.4
Pleasant Elementary EXC 5/5 101.7
Main Street Elementary EFF 5/6 95.3
Norwalk Middle School EXC 6/6 100.1
Norwalk High School EXC 12/12 100.9
PERKINS EFF 23 98.6
Meadowlawn EFF 7/8 98.5
Perkins Middle School EFF 6/8 95.9
Perkins High School EXC 12/12 102.2
PORT CLINTON EFF 22 96.2
Jefferson Elementary EXC 8/8 94.7
P.C. Middle School EFF 4/8 92.1
P.C. High School EXC 12/12 104.2
SANDUSKY CI 13 87.8
Hancock Elementary EFF 3/10 81.6
Mills Elementary CI 3/10 81.3
Ontario Elementary EFF 7/10 94.2
Osborne Elementary CI 4/10 88.3
Venice Heights CI 4/10 86.3
Adams Junior High CI 1/6 84.2
Sandusky High School EFF 8/12 93.2
VERMILION EFF 24 97.3
Vermilion Elementary EXC 3/3 101.8
Sailorway Middle School EXC 10/10 95.5
Vermilion High School EFF 13/15 98.2
*** No data available for Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island school districts. Building data not available for Ellis Elementary, Lyme Elementary, Ridge Elementary, Shumaker Elementary, South Main Elementary, Vine School, Briar Middle School
Pick up a copy of Thursday's Register for a full round-up of how local districts performed. See PDFs of the full report cards below.