Measuring What Matters
Students’ potential can’t be determined simply by test scores. That’s why we look beyond state indicators and standards to serve the ‘whole child’ — ensuring our students achieve their brightest futures, whatever they imagine them to be. We challenge our students academically, while connecting them to the world around them through a network of supportive structures that prepares them to compete globally. We measure what really matters to students, parents and the community.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) annually issues report cards for each Ohio school district and each Ohio school. The report cards look back on a school year and provide information on such areas as students’ performance on statewide tests, rates of improvement on these tests, and graduation rates.
District Report Card (overview of data collected from all schools)
Cincinnati Public Schools' 2013-14 Ohio Report Card (released Sept. 12, 2014)
High Points for 2013-14
CPS' improvement in third-grade reading, a rise in the district's graduation rate, our steady Performance Index Score (a measure of student achievement across all tests) and CPS continuing as the top-performing district among Ohio's eight large-city districts were high points of the 2013-14 Report Card, according to Superintendent Mary Ronan.
Individual School Report Cards
To see report cards for individual schools within Cincinnati Public Schools, go to the Find a School list and click on the Report Card link with each school. (Link takes you to the district's report card on the Ohio Department of Education's Web site; click on "Schools" at top of the page, then follow instructions to find individual schools of interest.)
Ohio Revamps Report Card
The Ohio Department of Education recently changed how it measures and rates the performance of schools and districts, totally revamping the accountability system that produced report card ratings in years past. Starting with 2012-13 data, school and district report cards grade a mix of new and previously used items on an A-F letter-grade system.
Previous report cards were based mostly on how well students performed on state achievement tests. Achievement tests continue to be a major part of report card ratings, but the new version views test scores differently, plus uses expanded measurements to determine if students are prepared for success after graduation.
For many schools and districts – including Cincinnati Public Schools – the new report card will appear to show a significant performance drop from prior years. This is not necessarily so. It’s a tougher grading system and so vastly different from years past that apples-to-apples comparisons shouldn’t be made for the most part.
The new system raises the bar on student performance with more measures and a higher grading scale. This means that, in some cases, levels of performance that would have earned an Excellent or Excellent with Distinction Rating last year could be rated as a “C” or lower on the new report card.
The new report card is in line with a major transition in Ohio and across the nation toward higher standards, assessments and accountability systems.
CPS supports this shift. Superintendent Ronan is confident that, as the district focuses on implementing strategies to achieve our academic priorities, our educators and students will meet the higher bar.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Ohio's new Report Card
Prior Years - CPS Report Cards
2012-13 School Year - District Report Card
2011-2012 School Year - District Report Card and Highlights summary
2010-2011 School Year - District Report Card and Highlights summary
2009-2010 School Year - District Report Card
Ohio's former report card ratings (until 2012-13): Excellent with Distinction, Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch and Academic Emergency.
The ODE Report Card Archive gives the public access to district and school report cards from previous years.
CPS Ranks in Ohio's top 5 percent for students' learning growth (October 27, 2011)
CPS again rated effective by state (August 17, 2011)