The recent release of School District Report Cards by the Ohio Department of Education shows that, as a district Stryker Local Schools are doing well in the Graduation Rate Category, where the District received an A and a B. However, the district did receive a failing grades in the Overall portion Progress category as well as the Gap Closing Category. The Gap Closing Category measures whether or not each student is succeeding regardless of socio-economic status and has been a problematic area of the report card for schools state wide. 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 Stryker 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#.