School report cards

State Rep. Andrew Brenner

One state lawmaker says 2017 was a year of transition for Ohio’s education system.

Rep. Andrew Brenner says while there might not have been any sweeping education reforms passed at the Statehouse this year, lawmakers still made progress.

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Two national education advocacy groups say Ohio could be doing better when it comes to its annual school report cards. Both groups say they’re too complicated.


In its review, the Data Quality Campaign says Ohio’s school report cards are written at a college reading level. And for the group's policy director, Brennan Parton, that’s a problem.

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The bad grades for many school districts in the latest round of report cards has upset some parents and school officials. And now they’ve angered a state lawmaker who says he’s writing a bill to change the report cards. 

The report cards show how schools are doing in areas such as test scores, elementary school literacy, progress, graduation rates and preparedness for what comes after high school. 


Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Many Ohioans are not happy about the state’s new report cards after seeing grades for their school districts drop. Some state lawmakers are not happy about the change either.

Republican Representative Mike Duffey thinks the new grades being given to school districts by the Ohio Department of Education are bogus.

“To be totally honest, I think all of this report card system that we currently have basically needs to be thrown out and we need to start over.”

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A second school district is now under increased state control after a series of poor report cards from the Ohio Department of Education. It seems to be going more smoothly than the first state intervention two years ago.