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Columbus City Schools Improves One Letter Grade

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Columbus City Schools saw a letter-grade improvement to a ‘D’ on its State Report Card, among additional improvements over the last year.

Released by the Ohio Department of Education, the report card shows results from state testing during the 2018-2019 school year.

“While our overall grade of a ‘D’ is certainly not the end goal, it does show improvement over last year and now allows us to focus on the long-term success of our District,” said superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon in a press release. “These efforts will begin this year with an educational visioning process with community stakeholders, which will lead us to create a new multi-year strategic plan.”

Dixon says the district’s top priorities for the current school year will be to improve students in literacy and graduation rates, as well as outcomes in areas like mathematics.

The school district made its largest improvement in gap closing, which measures how well vulnerable and disadvantaged students are meeting performance expectations in English language arts, math and graduation. The district moved from an ‘F’ to a ‘B’ in just the last school year, one of only two of Ohio’s largest urban districts to do so.

“I commend the work of the ESL Department in helping our students close academic achievement gaps last year,” said Dr. Dixon. “We believe that some of the strategies they used around professional development and student engagement can be used with all students, not just our EL population.”

Additionally, The Columbus City Schools Career and Technical Education program earned a ‘B’ letter grade for its four-year graduation rate and five-year graduation rate. The program earned an ‘A’ on the post-placement component as well, which shows the percentage of students employed, apprenticed, in the military or enrolled in postsecondary education within six months of leaving high school.

“We are proud of the work of our teachers and staff to help our students make gains on the State Report Card,” said Board of Education President Gary L. Baker, II, also in a press release. “Our Board knows that there is still much work to do. We look forward to working with the Superintendent, staff, families, partners, and our community to create a long-term strategic plan that will help us achieve our vision and guide the District in the coming years.”

For more information, visit ccsoh.us.

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