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Ohio Department of Education releases new report cards for schools

A screen shot of the Ohio schools report card website.
Ohio Department of Education

Report cards for Ohio’s schools were issued Thursday but they look a little different than in years past.

Letter grades are no longer issued. Instead, the Ohio Department of Education is using something called a Performance Index to measure a school district’s performance level on state tests.

The education department says the index goes further than just saying whether a district is proficient or not. Instead, the department says the index gives more credit for the high performance scores and less credit for the lowest performers.

Ratings are also issued for four-year graduation rates and chronic absenteeism.

Absenteeism is defined as "missing at least 10 percent of the year’s instructional time, regardless of whether the absences are excused or unexcused".

You can check on your district’s report card on the ODE website.

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