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TPS Makes Gains on State Report Card


The Ohio Department of Education has released its annual report card for public schools and Toledo Public Schools has good news to share with the community. The district moved up one grade level on the report card and is no longer considered to be in Academic Distress as described by the State of Ohio. 


TPS Superintendent Romules Durant, EdD, and Spring Elementary

In addition to moving up in the overall rankings, TPS saw continuing growth in more specific areas. Students are graduating at an increased rate. When looking at all students, the graduation rate reached 79.2 percent, up from 71.4 percent the year before.  Over the last five years, graduation rates have increased 15.2 percent.


Among African-American students, the graduation rate exceeded 80 percent, which represents a 15.2 percent increase over the last five years and a 7.7 percent increase over last year alone.  Scott High School had the biggest increase in graduation rate in the entire district, netting a 28 percent improvement.


Data also shows that TPS students are increasingly well prepared for their life after high school.  Over 91 percent of students who followed a career tech pathway in high school either entered employment, enrolled in higher education or enlisted in the military after graduation.  The district’s “Prepared for Success” score increased for the second straight year, as did dual-enrollment/college credits, which is nearly double what it was two years ago.


Early childhood education also saw significant improvement over the previous year.  The percentage of students passing the Kindergarten to third grade literacy test nearly doubled.  Over 87 percent of students passed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, nearly a 14 percent improvement over three years before.


These results are a reflection in the investment in early childhood education at the Toledo Public Schools.  Data consistently shows that students from TPS early childhood education are readier for kindergarten than students who are not from TPS early childhood education. District leaders feel there is two academic hurdles a student must overcome. One is the third grade reading proficiency tests and successfully navigating through the guidelines surrounding high school graduation.


Overall enrollment increased for the fifth straight year.  In fact, TPS has added 1,801 students over the last five years, or the equivalent of 72 new classrooms of students.  The district continues to serve a diverse and sometimes challenged population.  Enrollment among economically disadvantaged students has increased more than 6,000 students in the last five years, for example.


Moving forward, the district remains committed to improving educational outcomes for students.  That commitment starts with the very youngest children in early childhood education and continues throughout their academic career, all with the goal of having every student be “college or career” ready.



Toledo Public Schools is the most comprehensive school district in northwest Ohio offering more than 35 career technology options, advanced placement courses, seven different foreign languages and 12 associate degrees. The investment the district is making in preparing students for the future is paying off and the success show this year’s report card results.


In reviewing the results, the district emphasized that it welcomes transparency about its performance but believes the State Report Card continues to give a woefully incomplete picture of public education in this and other urban districts.






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Revised: 09/12/19 23:47:53 -0400.

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