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A message from Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.

September 16, 2019


We have exciting news to report to you regarding the Ohio Department of Education’s release last week of our School Report Card.

Through the dedication and talent of our administrators, teachers, support staff, and, most importantly, families and students, we improved our overall district letter grade to a “C.” We will continue to strive for improvement, but we also must acknowledge that earning a “C” places us in strong company with neighboring districts such as Berea, Brooklyn, North Olmsted, and North Royalton. 

There are many individual highlights to share beyond our overall grade improvement.


  • Our Four-Year Graduation Rate improved for the third consecutive year (85.5 in 2015-16 to 88.7 now).


  • Our Performance Index (a compilation of all test scores across all levels) also improved for the third consecutive year (81.2 in 2015-16 to 84.6 now).


  • Five schools earned overall grades of “B”, including John Muir, who improved their letter grade by two full marks! The others receiving a “B” were Dentzler, Green Valley, Hillside, and Ridge-Brook.


  • Renwood and Normandy increased their overall grade by one letter.


  • Multiple schools earned A’s in one or more of their component grades: 
    • Dentzler: Overall Value-Added, Gap Closing
    • Greenbriar: Progress
    • Green Valley: Gap Closing
    • Hillside: Gap Closing
    • John Muir: Gap Closing
    • Normandy: Graduation Component
    • Ridge-Brook: Gap Closing


In addition to the successes detailed on our district report card, we are also very proud of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Our overall CTE grade is a “B” and we earned an “A” on the Post-Program Outcomes measure. Congratulations to our CTE staff members and students!

It remains dangerous to use only statistical analysis to measure the success of our schools. Component grades are confusing and trends seem to swing wildly from year to year.  We are very pleased by our progress but also recall the passage posted on the very home page of the State Report Card website: “Report Cards are only one part of the story. To get a fuller picture, we encourage you to visit schools, talk to educators, parents and students, and review the school’s or district’s webpage. A lot of great things are happening every day in Ohio’s schools!”

We invite you into our schools to gain a better understanding of the excellent education we provide, and, as we continue to believe: the best is yet to come!