School report cards: Springfield’s graduation rate shows improvement

A family takes pictures of their Springfield High School graduate as she receives her diploma in an individual ceremony in July. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
A family takes pictures of their Springfield High School graduate as she receives her diploma in an individual ceremony in July. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

State school report cards were released Tuesday.

Schools got the equivalent of an “incomplete” mark and no A-F letter grades this year because there is much less data than usual.

The report cards only contain a handful of normal data points as the spring 2020 state tests in English, math, science and social studies were canceled after mid-March coronavirus-related school closures.

The main data categories that are available this year are graduation rates and high school “prepared for success” measures.

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Springfield City Schools had a slightly better four-year graduation rate at 77.7% compared to last year’s 76.7%.

When it comes to the prepared for success component, which is how well-prepared students are for future opportunities, Springfield scored 17.5%. Last year, the district received an "F" grade in this category.

Prepared for success data measures college and career readiness through high school students' ACT/SAT scores, Ohio Honors Diplomas, job industry credentials, College Credit Plus achievement and more.

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Last year, Springfield received an overall "F" grade on the state report card.

Each school and district usually receive an overall A-F grade on the report cards, and more than half of each school’s overall grade depends on how students perform on state tests each spring. The report card’s also usually measure student achievement, performance index, year-over-year growth and gap closing.