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Lawmakers Consider Simplifying Ohio's Report Cards

Dec 27, 2017
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Members of the Ohio House Education Committee will be looking to simplify Ohio’s school report cards in the new year.

Over the past several months, both state and national education research groups who have reviewed Ohio’s school report cards said they contain a wealth of helpful information for parents, but having so many components can make it difficult for parents to use.

The Columbus-based Fordham Institute recommended reducing the number of letter grades contained in the reports from, in some cases, 14 to 5 or 6.

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The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says Ohio’s school report cards are unfair to schools with high rates of poverty.

The education research and advocacy group released its recommendations to improve Ohio’s school report cards Thursday. In it, the group says the state focuses too heavily on test scores and not enough on student long-term growth, leaving high poverty schools with D’s and F’s.

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Days after the state report cards that grade school districts were released, parents, educators and even state Board of Education members are still trying to figure out just what those grades mean.

Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and employees of the Ohio Department of Education drilled down into what each of the 11 graded measures stands for and how the department came up with each letter grade during the state Board of Education meeting Monday.

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The state school report cards are out and -- just as leaders warned -- the grades are much lower than usual, with just a fraction of Ohio’s districts scoring top grades in a key area: student test scores. 

Just two dozen out of the 600-plus school districts in the state of Ohio received A’s in the category that measures student test performance.

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The Ohio Department of Education is touting improved third-grade reading guarantee numbers.

The state says 94.1 percent of Ohio’s third graders passed the reading test and moved on to the fourth grade last school year.

The so-called “third-grade reading guarantee” was created by Gov. Kasich's administration to make sure students reached a certain reading ability before they could be promoted.