The recent release of School District Report Cards by the Ohio Department of Education shows that, as a district, North Central Local Schools are performing well in many areas. The District received an A in the Overall portion of the Progress category as well as in both areas of the Graduation Rate category. However, the District did struggle more with the Gap Closing Category as well as the Lowest 20% in Achievement portion of the Progress Category. Gap Closing measures whether or not each student is succeeding regardless of socio-economic status and is a portion of the test that has seen schools state wide struggling a bit with. The Progress Category measures whether or not students are receiving a year’s worth of education in various subjects and is an area of the report card that was problematic for many 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 North Central 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#.