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Columbus Schools Get D Grade For K-3 Literacy

The Columbus City Schools have received a grade of D in a main area of the state's report card.  District officials say, however, the grade for kindergarten through third-grade literacy doesn't tell the whole story because of problems submitting test scores.  Among Ohio's big-city school districts, Columbus tied for the best graduation rate at 74-percent.  By comparison, the Cleveland schools got an F grade for kindergarten through third grade literacy, despite an increase of more than 4 percent last year. The district's on-time graduation rate is up to 66-percent, a nearly 14-percent increase over the past four years.  The full report cards will be released next month. More from Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow.

The Ohio Department of Education released its first wave of data related to last school year’s grade cards. The information covers K-3 literacy, graduation rates and college- and career-readiness measures.
The rest of the information -- academic achievement, progress and gap closing -- is expected to be released at the end of February.  
However a full, overall grade for each school and school district will not be available.
State lawmakers passed a safe harbor law that delays that overall grade until 2018 to give administrators, teachers and students more time to adjust to new assessments.
The first round of grades has been posted online.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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