DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - For years students have been graded on a scale from A to F, now their schools are following suit and the grades aren't what some local districts want to see.
In searching the state's grades that came out Thursday, 2 NEWS found 12 area schools with F's in the Value Added category, which measures how much students learn based on where they started.
They are Fairborn, Huber Heights, Dayton, Trotwood, Milton-Union, Piqua, Sidney, Franklin-Monroe, Tri-County North, Parkway, Bethel and Twin Valley.
2 NEWS could only find two area schools with A's and B's in all categories, Kettering City Schools and Beavercreek City Schools.
It means this school year will be a chance for students and their schools to improve.
"We definitely have a lot of work to do in Dayton Public Schools," says DPS Superintendent Lori Ward.
DPS got 6 F's and 3 D's in categories that measure things like graduation rates, test scores and student progress.
2 NEWS asked Ward about what it will take to raise the low grades.
"To produce higher student outcomes we must as a district teach at a high level," Ward says.
Ward says the district has tried to be more selective in hiring teachers.
She hopes the grades will get more parents involved in the district.
"I would ask tough questions as a parent," Ward says. "I would ask, 'Does my child have the best teacher? Am I doing my part?' We're in this together."
Dayton's low grades are cause for concern for some.
"I want to guarantee my kids are going to graduate high school and go to college and there's no guarantee here in Dayton Public," says parent Cynthia Wessendorf of the district's 69.9% four-year graduation rate.
She plans to move out of the district this year.
But others say while the D's and F's aren't a surprise, they don't have a problem with their child's school.
"Some of them are, but this one is awesome," says Amber Burton, who was picking up her kid from Dayton's Kemp Elementary.
This is the first year for the state's new grading system using letter grades, which are designed to make it easier for parents to understand how their kids' school is performing.
Under the old system schools were put in categories like Excellent, Continuous Improvement and Effective.
"It lets parents and taxpayers know where there schools' weaknesses are and strengths are so they can hold their schools accountable," says John Charlton with the Ohio Department of Education.
The A to F letter grades out for schools are incomplete.
Districts won't get an "overall" letter grade until 2015, when they will get grades in 18 categories. This year's numbers only include nine.
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