While the Youngstown City School District received an overall F grade from the state, CEO Justin Jennings believes the district is heading in the right direction.

"We have great teachers, great administrators and we're going to keep moving forward with helping our scholars," Jennings said.

The Ohio Department of Education released state report cards for districts Thursday.

Youngstown City Schools received an overall F but did increase in some areas.

The state gave the district a D grade for their graduation rate.

According to the release, The district's four-year graduation rate increased from an F with 74.4% to a C with 84.9%. The district's five-year rate increased to a D at 80.5% from an F.

The release says Youngstown Rayen Early College High School scored well with an overall B grade. They also scored A's in the progress component and four and five-year graduation rates.

The district has implemented a new literacy program this year aimed at improving reading skills. The program teaches social studies, science, and reading comprehension through storytelling.

Choffin Career and Technical Center also earned an overall B.