The Ohio Department of Education released report cards on how school districts performed during the last school year.
The report cards grade schools based on overall student achievement, annual progress and an area called “gap closing”, which reflects the extent to which students in different ethnic, racial, income and disability groups received an equal education.
We stopped by the Zanesville City Schools Administration building on Thursday to talk to Superintendent Dr. Doug Baker and he said that the grades given out by the department of education do not accurately represent the hard work of his teachers and students.
“I believe that part of that is due to the transition from where the report card was to where the report card is going and all of the new standards,” said Baker.
Zanesville scored an “F” in gap closing and “D’s” in both achievement and progress.
Baker said he expects grades to go up as long as the criteria used to grade the schools stay consistent over the next couple years.
“Hopefully the criteria is in place for awhile and we don’t have anymore transitions with the report card. I think you will see those scores start to rise not only in Zanesville, but across the state.”
You can check out your schools grade at www.education.ohio.gov