“There will be no grades assigned or rankings issued,” the ODE said on its website. “Additionally, not all data will be available, and many measures of the report card will not be calculated. For example, the report card will not have the Achievement component, Progress component or Gap Closing component data since they are primarily based on the spring state tests that were canceled.
“The Graduation and Prepared for Success components are lagged, so the 2020 Report Cards will include data for the 4-year class of 2019 and the 5-year class of 2018,” officials said.
In recent years some area school systems have generated their own annual reports, which often include some measured academic and non-academic information not compiled by or included in the state assessments.
These so-called “quality reports” will be of some help to families, said area real estate executives, as they will now be forced to look elsewhere for information usually found in the annual state reports.
“It will cause frustration for some people,” said Bill Gabbard, president of the Butler and Warren Association of Realtors. “I’m telling people to call the school districts directly.”
Donna Deaton, vice president of REMAX Victory realty in Liberty Township, said it won’t be as easy as in past years for those moving to determine the quality of schools in a prospective community.
The minimal state reports “will be a little bit of impact” on some people “but they will find a way around through social media sources,” said Deaton.