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Grades helping schools

In the most basic form, letters from the alphabet are a fundamental aspect of our language.

Some of those letters, however, are a central point within our educational system, as those letters are used as a measuring stick of strengths and weaknesses.

It is important to remember that report cards are much more than simply revolving around children.

The Ohio Department of Education released its annual report last week. Each school district is provided with an accounting from a grading standpoint that shows how well the district as a whole, along with each individual school within the district performed based on state standards and targets for academic success.

At the same time, these results provide a path for any adjustments that a school district can make to improve and realize even greater success.

When looking at the results, we hope that each school district, including teachers, administrators, students and the entire community, view the report cards in this manner.

In a larger scale, we are happy to see many of the schools making an improvement from last year’s results while areas still remain where development and progress can be made.

Hopefully, school districts will use these reports as a valuable tool and make changes that are needed while expanding on those items that have been improved over previous years and continue building success.