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Ottawa Hills loses "excellent with distinction" designation

OTTAWA HILLS, OH (WTOL) - One of the area's most acclaimed school districts has lost its "excellent with distinction" rating. Yet administrators claim this is because of a flaw in the system, not the schools.

Ottawa Hills Local Schools received an "excellent" designation after ranking as "excellent with distinction" for the past three years.

However, the state's report card shows the district continues to improve. It met all of the state's 26 indicators, and the district got the fourth highest performance index in the entire state.

Kevin Miller, Ottawa Hills' superintendent, said many high performing school districts have been talking to Ohio legislators about changing the system.

Four pieces make up a district's rating: the number of state indicators met, the performance index, adequate yearly progress and the value added measure.

The value added measure is making reaching the "excellent with distinction" designation more difficult for high performing districts. It measures the growth of students in a school year.

"Because they are performing at such a high level, sooner or later statistically they're going to top out. You're going to hit a ceiling, and you can't move beyond that expected rate of growth," Miller said.

Miller suggested allowing several routes to meet the "excellent with distinction" designation, instead of just one.

WTOL 11 was the first Toledo news source to reveal the state's report cards.

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