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Not a single school district in the Valley received an "A" grade on two out of the six components.

Changing standards impact Valley schools report cards

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Ohio's changing education standards have left many of the Valley's school systems with lower marks than usual. 

The Ohio Department of Education released the school report cards for the 2016-2017 school year. 

But the standards that go into how a school is graded have changed. Local education officials say these are important changes that parents and others need to understand.

"The scores have changed, the tests changed and that the standards changed," said Kim Davis, Director of Teaching and Learning and the Mahoning County Education Service Center.  She says districts are scored on 24 separate indicators of achievement.

"And largely the district's scores have gone up in most areas,  they came up sometimes in double digits," Davis said in a prior interview. "The important thing to understand is that won't be reflected on the report card this year, since the state, yet again, raised the bench mark level," said Davis.

The state now requires that 80 percent of students must pass a test to meet the standard. So even if a district improved from 65-percent to 79-percent, Davis previously told 21 News, "The benchmark is 80. So the report card will show that they did not meet that indicator,".

Each district is given six grades: a letter grade of achievement, a letter grade for K-3 literacy,  a letter grade of progress, a letter grade of gap closing, a letter grade of graduation rates, and a brand new letter grade of the "Prepared for Success" component. 

Each of the six grades is calculated by adding together scores of some of the 24 smaller individual standards. 

Of the six grades shown on the schools' report cards, no school district in the Valley received an "A" on Achievement or the "Prepared for Success" component. 

Here's a sneak peek at home some of the Valley's largest schools stacked up to the changing standards:

MAHONING COUNTY: 

SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT GRADE K3 LITERACY PROGRESS GRADUATION RATE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS
Austintown D A A B D
Boardman C C F A D
Canfield B B B A C
West Branch C B A A D
Youngstown F B D F

F

TRUMBULL COUNTY: 

SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT GRADE K3 LITERACY PROGRESS GRADUATION RATE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS
Lakeview C B B A C
Howland C C B B D
Hubbard Village C C B A D
Niles D C F D D
Warren F C D D

F

COLUMBIANA COUNTY: 

SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT GRADE K3 LITERACY PROGRESS GRADUATION RATE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS
Beaver Local C B B C D
Crestview C B B A C
East Liverpool D D B B F
East Palestine D A B B D
Salem City D D B C

D

The full listing of all Valley school's, as well as a breakdown of what each score measures, can be found here

Officials say scores across the state were on the rise, despite the changing standards.

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