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New Ohio report cards are due tomorrow
A system of A-F grades will be given to each school building

Kabir Bhatia
Ohio's schools will get their first look tomorrow at a new system of state report cards.
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School is just starting, but Ohio’s school districts are already bracing for their first report cards, due tomorrow.

The new system is part of House Bill 555, which state lawmakers approved last fall.  Districts and schools will now receive grades A through F.

The old ratings ranged from “excellent with distinction” to “academic emergency.”

Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says this year, letter grades will be given for categories such as graduation rate and academic progress as measured by proficiency tests.

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“It becomes a more comprehensive report card.  It’s going to peel back the layers of the onion, if you will, and look at areas that maybe didn’t have a light shined on them before.” 

Charlton says the letter grades are more familiar to parents, and more revealing to taxpayers and educators.  The system will list nine grades this year, and expand to 18, plus an overall grade, by 2015.

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