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Final school report card results released

Local school districts maintained their preliminary report card ratings Wednesday when the state released final results for the 2011-12 school year.

Report cards typically are released in late August each year but this year’s results were delayed because of the “scrubbing” investigation into attendance reporting discrepancies at some Ohio schools. Nine school districts — none in Clark or Champaign counties — were discovered to be changing some student data in an investigation by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

Springfield City School District kept its Effective rating along with Graham, Triad and Northwestern schools, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Mechanicsburg, Urbana, West Liberty-Salem, Greenon and Tecumseh all earned the Excellent rating.

Clark-Shawnee, Northeastern and Southeastern earned the highest ranking of Excellent with Distinction.

“The official release today really doesn’t have a lot of significance for us because… I don’t think it is significantly different than the results we got in October,” said Springfield City School District Superintendent Dave Estrop.

Report cards results are cumulative ratings based on the percentage of students passing the state exams, an index score of the performance of all students on all tests and value-added, which measures whether students make a year’s worth of progress.

Springfield has been making adjustments based on the data released Oct. 17 but the delay forced decisions to be made after more than six weeks of instruction, said Estrop.

“It makes it difficult for us to adjust our curriculum and instruction based upon results because we don’t have the results,” he said.

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