COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s schools superintendent is reminding parents and communities that 2016 school report cards are based on new tests, higher achievement targets and more challenging expectations.

The caution from Superintendent Paolo DeMaria (POW’-loh dee-muh-REE’-uh)) came Thursday as many districts saw lower marks on state assessments.

DeMaria says “improvement is happening” and will show up on report cards over time.

The Ohio Department of Education gave letter grades to school districts and individual buildings in six categories: achievement; annual progress; success in closing achievement gaps among certain disenfranchised groups; graduation rates; literacy gains among struggling readers in kindergarten through the third grade; and post-high school readiness.

Districts won’t face consequences for poor report cards until 2018 because of changes to state law.

Ohio Report Cards:

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