The Ohio Department of Education released the state's report card today, and ideastream®'s Michelle Kanu reports that the majority of Northeast Ohio districts are doing well.
Ohio grades schools based on how students perform on state tests and the gains they make in math, reading and science from the previous year. The six categories range from excellent with distinction to academic emergency.
Of the 71 school districts in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Summit counties, over two-thirds are rated as excellent and above. Cuyahoga has the most districts graded excellent with distinction.
The majority of districts in Lorain County are rated effective.
Scott Blake, press secretary for the Ohio Department of Education, says that rating means these schools are doing an okay job of helping kids.
Blake: "Effective schools are doing good things, but maybe have a small hurdle to overcome to get into that excellent rating."
Across these four counties, five districts are ranked in continuous improvement and one is on academic watch.
Youngstown is the only district in the state in the lowest category, academic emergency. The state is required by law to work directly with the district to improve.