It's not official yet, but preliminary word shows the Strongsville School District has achieved its first "Excellent with Distinction" rating on state report cards.
"The preliminary report cards have us as 'Excellent with Distinction' for the first time ever," Superintendent John Krupinski said.
The district has ranked "Excellent" for the last 10 years, meaning it met all 26 indicators and "adequate yearly progress."
To achieve "Excellent with Distinction," a district must also exceed the "value added" measure -- meaning that across the district, students met more than the standard one year of progress during the school year.
"We're holding our breath because it isn't final," Krupinski said. "But why would they tell us we've achieved 'with Distinction' if we haven't?"
Also, two elementary schools -- Surrarrer and Drake -- are also preliminarily ranked "Excellent with Distinction," the superintendent said.
Final report cards are due to be released this week, possibly as early as today.
The district learned it would again be ranked at least "Excellent" last week, based on the initial scores that were released by the Ohio Department of Education.