PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - Perrysburg Schools are responding to a change in their overall grade on this year's State Report Card. The school district, which saw an overall "A" grade in the 2017-2018 assessment, saw that grade drop to a "B" overall in the 2018-2019 assessment released Thursday.
The overall grade, which is an average of several assessment categories, takes into account state grades in areas like student achievement, graduation rates, and gap closing, among others.
According to a letter sent to Faculty and Staff members and obtained by 13abc, the grade reduction was due primarily to a change in the district's "Gap Closing" or four-year graduation rates of students with disabilities, and goes on to say that the district missed the "A" grade by a mere 7/1000s of a point.
In the letter, school superintendent Thomas Hosler says, "In previous years this score was a combined calculation of the five-year graduation rate and the four-year graduation rate; this year it only reflects the four-year graduation rate. In addition, half of our non-graduates had their graduation intentionally deferred because a team of educators and their parents identified this as the best option for these students."
The letter goes on to say, "We are very pleased with our school district’s performance and continued improvement as seen in the increase in our overall Performance Index Score. If given the choice between doing what is right for students on IEPs or taking a higher letter grade, we will do what is best for students every single time."