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State school report cards are out: See how your district did

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The Ohio Department of Education released state report cards Thursday for every school and school district in Ohio.

This year’s report cards are based on scores from the second year of using tests through the American Institutes for Research. The three largest districts in the Cincinnati area vary greatly in rankings.

  • Cincinnati Public School District scored a "D" in achievement and was given a score of "F" in progress.
  • Lakota Local School District was given a "C" for achievement and an "A" in progress.
  • Mason City Schools received an "A" for achievement and a "B" for progress.

See district-by-district achievement grades below:

Whether the scores are high or low, Mason City Schools Chief Innovation Officer Jonathan Cooper says the numbers may not always tell the whole story.

"When you look at their data and you know what you're doing right here on the ground level, do you feel like the two meet up? Or like, that does not ring true -- that's a great question,” Cooper said. “Again, looking at the whole child and looking at all the data, there are places where it's very helpful for us, it gives us direction, then there are other areas of the report card, that we would definitely have some questions about the value of the data and where it's coming from."

See school-by-school achievement scores below:

Eric Mathews, of Cincinnati, says though there’s some truth to what the grades are, parents have a lot to do with a school’s scores as well.

"There's some, I think, that have great parent involvement and some that don't,” he said. “And parents have a lot to do with it."

His wife, Sally, said she isn’t sure the scores are very accurate, considering some kids with test anxiety get nervous.

Report card data includes rankings for overall student achievement, annual progress, and an area called “gap closing” which reflects the extent to which students in different ethnic, racial, income and disability groups received an equal education.

And like Mason City Schools, 60 other school districts in the state have put together a quality profile so parents can see their comprehensive plan to give their kids the best the district has to offer.

Cincinnati Public Schools released a statement saying they gleaned some redeeming numbers out of all the data, such as:

  • More students moved into proficiency, accelerated and advanced categories compared to the other urban district in Ohio
  • Highest Performance Index of any urban district by five points
  • Highest Performance Index score for Gifted among the urban districts
  • K-3 Literacy Improvement moved from “F” to “C”
  • Improved in 16 of the 23 state test indicators compared to 2015-2016

CPS officials say grades for 600 of 608 Ohio school districts dropped when the DOE changed the state testing format two years ago.

GO HERE to see the more report cards for your district or school.

Report card data includes rankings for overall student achievement, annual progress and an area called gap closing, which reflects the extent to which students in different ethnic, racial, income and disability groups received an equal education.

Graduation rates are also incorporated in report cards, along with literacy progress for struggling readers from kindergarten to third grade and a measure of how well students are prepared to succeed beyond high school

You will be able to see the grades for public schools, community schools, dropout recovery and prevention schools, and career tech schools.

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