The Ohio Department of Education recently released the final 2011-2012 school year report cards for districts throughout the state.

The process was slowed by an investigation into several districts that reportedly falsified attendance records, manipulating the statistics to benefit their scores.

The Newcomerstown school district was one of several area districts earning an "excellent" designation.

"I'm very proud of the efforts of the employees and students who worked extremely hard to achieve this rating," said Superintendent Jeff Staggs of the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District.

The report cards include the following area results:

Coshocton City -- 20 of 26 indicators met; performance index 95.3 of 120; adequate yearly progress met; value-added measure met; attendance rate 95.6 percent

Indian Valley Local -- 25 of 26 indicators met; performance index 100.3 of 120; adequate yearly progress met; value-added measure above; attendance rate 95.2 percent

Newcomerstown Exempted Village -- 21 of 26 indicators met; performance index 96.2 of 120; adequate yearly progress not met; value-added measure above; attendance rate 95.0 percent

Ridgewood Local -- 25 of 26 indicators met; performance index 99.7 of 120; adequate yearly progress not met; value-added measure met; attendance rate 95.7 percent

The performance index reflects the achievement of all students.

The value-added rating indicates progress in the district since the previous school year: above expected growth, at expected growth or below expected growth.

The attendance rate is for all grades, kindergarten through high school seniors, for the year. The state requirement is 93 percent.