Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- New rankings show Ohio student achievement returned to a 10-year high last year and that more schools and districts were rated effective or higher, with a record 116 districts deemed excellent with distinction.
However, the data released Tuesday shows test scores in the fifth and eighth grades failed to meet targets in several areas.
The statewide graduation rate fell to 84.6 percent.
And the Youngstown schools fell into academic emergency, the first district to receive the state's lowest ranking since the 2004-2005 school year.
A special distress commission will be dispatched to the steel belt city to work with administrators.
Also, state superintendent Deborah Delisle says about 15 charter schools could be closed for not meeting performance standards.
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