The recent release of School District Report Cards by the Ohio Department of Education shows that, as a district, Fayette Local Schools are doing well in the pretty much every area of the report card. The School District has received no grades below a C and earned A marks in both the overall portion of the Progress Category as well as the 5 year portion of the Graduation Rate Category. However, whether or not these grades hold remains to be seen as there is a notation on the grade card that the Achievement, Gap Closing, and Progress data may change due to a local reporting error. Two of these areas, both Gap Closing and Progress, have shown to be problematic areas for many other local schools. It should be remembered that the present District Report Cards are still under-going changes that began last year, when the old system of rankings such as “Excellent” or “Improving” were done away with. As seen in the graphic, more changes are scheduled to be made, with additional grades and component grades being added, over the next couple of years. It should also be remembered that grades are now percent driven, which may make it more difficult for smaller school districts to earn the high percentages needed for an A or a B in any given area. More information on Fayette Local School District’s report card, as well as a breakdown on how the elementary and high schools performed individually, can be found at http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.