COLUMBUS (AP) - No district received all A's on the new A-F report cards Ohio released Thursday - but none received all F's, the state's top public education official said.
Superintendent Richard Ross told reporters ahead of today's release of the first round of new scores that districts instead scored at all points on the scale.
Ross said the new report cards are intended to allow parents, communities and educators to more plainly see the data about their schools so they can capitalize on strengths and improve on weaknesses.
"The new report card system is not a 'gotcha.' And they need to understand that if a school or district gets a lower grade than it expected, that doesn't necessarily mean students got a poorer education there than they did the year before," Ross said. "But what it does mean is that the school and district will have to work to meet new, higher expectations."
The 2013 report cards rate schools and buildings in the first nine of 18 new performance categories. Districts and buildings won't receive overall letter grades until 2015.
Aggregate state results weren't immediately available on the interactive Ohio Department of Education website where data was released - but a sampling of big districts showed lots of failing grades.