The recent release of School District Report Cards by the Ohio Department of Education shows that, as a district, Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools are performing well in many areas and excelling in the Graduation Category, where the District received an A in both subcategories. However, the district did receive a failing grade in the Progress Category, largely due to a failing grade in the Students with Disabilities portion of the category. The Progress category measures whether or not students are receiving a year’s worth of education in various subjects and has been a problematic area of the report card for schools throughout the area. 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 Millcreek-West Unity 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#.