COLUMBUS -- For the first time, schools and districts across Ohio are being assigned an overall letter grade in Ohio's School Report Cards report.
Schools were graded on achievement, gap closing, improving at-risk K-3 readers, progress, graduation rate, and prepared for success. Each part received a letter grade. The state says the new report cards are to help parents, communities, and policymakers information about schools so they can see where they're succeeding and areas they need to improve.
Columbus City Schools had an overall grade of F, one of 14 school districts in the state to get the failing grade. The state graded them as "F" in all but four components, where they received a D grade. Those components include 5-year graduation rate and Improvement of At-Risk K-3 Readers.
In Franklin County, Bexley City Schools and New Albany-Plain Local were the districts to receive an overall grade of A. Granville Exempted Village, in Licking County, was the only other Central Ohio School District to get an A Overall Grade.
Central Ohio districts receiving an overall grade of B include: Dublin City Schools, Worthington City Schools, Gahanna Lincoln School District, Olentangy Local Schools, Pickerington Local Schools, and Upper Arlington Schools. Some of the districts getting a C grade are Westerville Schools and Hilliard Schools.
About 40 percent of public schools got an A or B overall. Less than 10 percent got an F.
State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria says people should dig into the details for a clearer picture.
Schools awaited the overall grading for several years while Ohio changed how they're evaluated and stopped using designations like "effective" or "continuous improvement."
Using overall grades remains controversial among some lawmakers and others. Supporters, including Republican Gov. John Kasich, say it provides clarity. Opponents argue it's overly simplistic and unduly influenced by local economic status.