Locally, the indicator scores were more mixed. Clark-Shawnee, Mechanicsburg and Triad all improved their letter grades and several districts maintained their scores from last year.
But Greenon, Northeastern and Southeastern all saw their indicator scores drop two full letter grades despite the state school board’s lowering of the standards.
Every student who got at least 33 percent of questions right on these tests was deemed proficient under Ohio’s definition — a softer standard than the PARCC testing group set nationally.
The same pattern of easier grading applied to schools and districts. Rather than needing 80 percent of students to be proficient to “meet a testing indicator,” districts now just have to exceed the state average on that test — usually less than 70 percent.
Staff Writer Jeremy Kelley contributed to this story.