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New state report card data shows fewer Ohio districts receiving an “A” grade on a key performance measure.

The Ohio Department of Education released report card data Thursday showing how districts performed in the 2014-2015 school year. The information includes rankings for overall student achievement along with other areas.

Six of 609 districts received an A for their Performance Index, which measures student performance on state tests. That’s down from 37 districts with an A rating last year. More than half of the districts received a C.

Districts, students and teachers are exempt from consequences tied to scores on these cards as Ohio transitions to new standards and tests. With such safe harbor laws in place, education officials say they see an opportunity to improve student achievement.

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