Wed. 11am: Normal fanfare missing in Ohio report card release

COLUMBUS (AP) – Ohio’s latest ratings of public school performance will land with more of a thud than a bang this year.

That’s because most elements of the 2011-2012 report cards for the state’s 614 traditional public school districts have been delayed for months because of a statewide attendance tampering investigation.

The Ohio Department of Education plans to release two final elements of the report cards this afternoon: the overall performance index for each district and building; and the “value-added” measure that rates students’ annual academic growth.

Ohio’s performance index scale ranges from academic emergency to excellent with distinction. A traditional A-through-F scale is being phased in beginning next year.

Rankings for about 80 districts with apparent irregularities will be flagged as the department re-examines their attendance data.