The Ohio Department of Education has released state report cards for the 2011-2012 school year after they were delayed for months because of a statewide attendance tampering investigation.
Akron was the only district out of 17 in Summit County to receive a "Continuous Improvement" rating - which means no district fell into the bottom two categories of "Academic Watch" or "Academic Emergency."
Top performers included Copley-Fairlawn, Coventry, Green, Norton, Revere, Tallmadge and Woodridge rated "Excellent with Distinction."
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Source: The Ohio Department of Education
Akron school superintendent David James says there are many signs of improvement in the most recent numbers, but says that he wants to increase performance even more for those who aren't making the grade.
"My shoulders are broad, but they're not that broad," James tells AkronNewsNow.com. "It's gonna take the engagement of our entire community to say really, 'what does education mean for our children', and how are we going to get more of our children to achieve. Because, we have many of our kids who do achieve and gone and do wonderful things. But we have to ge kids that haven't performed to peform better."
Barberton, Hudson, Manchester, Mogadore, Nordonia Hills, Springfield, Stow-Munroe Falls and Twinsburg received a rating of "Excellent." Cuyahoga Falls received a rating of "Effective."
Canton City schools, one of the nine districts identified in the attendance tampering investigation, received a rating of "Continuous Improvement."