Congratulations to these Summit County districts for receiving "Excellent with Distinction" report cards for 2009-2010, the equivalent of an A +:
Akron and Springfield were rated in Continuous Improvement, a C.
Akron has been in CI since 2004-2005. The surprise is Springfield, which was rated excellent the previous two years and effective the two years before that. That last report card Springfield was in Continuous Improvement was in 2004-2005
Update: A note about Excellent with Distinction: grade equivalents are a rough way to characterize these ratings, which have a lot of components that most readers don't want to slog through. Excellent with distinction is the highest rating, thus A + instead of A. But the only way for a district to get that rating is show above expected growth on the "value-added" measure for at least two consecutive years. Hudson, for example, met expected growth this year. In other words, students made a year's worth of progress in a year's time. Revere overall had less than expected growth.