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About the Data

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This data was supplied by the Ohio Department of Education. According to the department, all 2011-12 data "remains subject to revision.”

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Indicators

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Ohio uses a group of 26 indicators as an initial step in determining a school or district's state grade.The indicators include passing rates on state standardized tests for each grade and subject tested, attendance rates and graduation rates.

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As of Sept. 26, 2012, the department has only released 25 of the 26 indicators. It has not released attendance rates.

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This document explains how these indicators are used to determine a school or district's state grade: http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/DocumentManagement/DocumentDownload.aspx?DocumentID=110337

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Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

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Adequate Yearly Progress measures whether a school or district meet performance standards set by Ohio under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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Value-Added

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Valued-added is a statistical measure that reflects whether students are making a full year of progress in a year of school, regardless of their levels at the start of the year. Value-added results are based only on grades 4-8 performance in reading and math. For more information, visit http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/tag/value-added/.

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Rating

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Ohio gives public schools and districts one of six ratings based on standardized test performance, attendance and graduation rates, performance on the statistical “value-added” measure that shows how much students learn in a given year as well as whether they meet federal No Child Left Behind standards. To make the ratings easier to understand, we have translated the formal ratings into letter grades.

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Excellent With Distinction = A+

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Excellent = A

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Effective = B

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Continuous Improvement = C

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Academic Watch = D

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Academic Emergency = F

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The department has not released school or district ratings for the 2011-12 school year.