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Education week gives Ohio a B-minus
The state gets pluses for accountability and achievement and lousy grades for funding and college prep
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ohio schools have dropped overall in national rankings from 10th place to 12th. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that the grade for education in Ohio has actually inched up a bit, and the state says it’s already addressing some of its biggest problems.

SCHULTZE: Ohio's report card

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Education Week’s evaluation of things like teacher quality, school financing and academic achievement gives Ohio a B-.  That’s a 79.6 percent, a tenth of a point above last year.

Ohio got an A for accountability, standards and assessment. But when it comes college readiness, it got a D-.

John Charlton is a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education. He says the state has already addressed the college concerns with new remedial standards. 

“We’re also in the process of implementing a college and career readiness assessment that would be given (most likely) during the sophomore year, so that we can identify students who would need additional help to be prepared for college and career training. Or if those students are ahead of the game, then we can get them into post-secondary options … or even advance them to college.” 

Ohio also got low grades – a D+ -- for school funding. Gov. John Kasich is expected to focus on school funding in his state of the state speech early this year.

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