Congratulations to Columbiana County students, parents and educators: Half of the school districts in our county have received A's or "excellent" grades on the state report card results released last week.
Six districts - Beaver Local, Crestview, Lisbon, Columbiana, Salem and United Local earned an "excellent" rating for the recently completed school year, according to results released by the Ohio Department of Education.Schools earning B, or effective were East Palestine, Leetonia and Southern. Those earning C, or continuous improvement were East Liverpool, Wellsville and Buckeye Online School for Success (BOSS).
Two county school districts fared slightly worse than they did last year - Columbiana slipped from an A plus, or excellent with distinction, to an A and East Palestine fell from an A to a B.
Fortunately, none of our districts were found to be in academic watch (D) or in academic emergency (F)
Statewide, the number of districts ranked "excellent with distinction" or "excellent" increased by 56 to 352. The Ohio average for all students' test scores jumped 1.7 points to 95 for the biggest gain since the 2004-2005 school year.
Despite showing improvement statewide, Ohio schools logged a decline in graduation rates which was attributed to a new way of measuring graduation because it tracks when students transfer to or from a school. Previously graduation rates were estimated, but federal law requires this new method which keeps better track of students who otherwise might fall through the cracks.
While we applaud the improvements made by our county schools, we hope they will continue to strive for excellence. Keep up the good work and perhaps next year we will be able to report A's or at least improvement in all 12 county schools.