News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


More schools will do worse with Ohio's new report cards
Ohio's Department of Education outlines how traditional and charter schools will do on the upcoming A-F report cards
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
Courtesy of Ohio Department of Education
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio’s schools will start being graded on a scale of A through F in 2015. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, the state Department of Education is offering a preview of those grade cards now.

KASLER on A-F report cards preview

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:52)


Education officials say the A-F grades will make it easier for parents to understand how their children's schools are doing. And a new report shows, if the A-F scale were in place right now, a little over 60 percent of Ohio’s public schools would get As as measured by proficiency tests, attendance and graduation. That compares to more than 63 percent that get the current top ratings of excellent or excellent with distinction.

Twenty-four districts – 6.4 percent – would get F's, including some districts rated effective (think of that as a B)  or continuous improvement (a C) now.

Bigger changes are coming
Superintendent Richard Ross says he’s not surprised.

“Most schools will see lower grades than their past report card rankings have suggested. But I’m going to be asking you to trust that this is not a ‘gotcha’ for Ohio schools. It’s an opportunity for us to be aspirational and look two years down the road.”

By the time the A-F grade cards come out in August 2015, more than just the grading titles will have changed; the state standards themselves will be harder. But state board Vice President Tom Gunlock is confident.

“I don’t believe you’re going to see a big drop off in the scores.”

What about charters?
In this preview, only slightly over 9 percent of Ohio's more than 330 charter schools would get an A on their report cards, with an overwhelming number getting Fs. And a third of the state’s charters weren’t included in the report by the Department of Education for various reasons.

The report cards also rate schools on their overall student improvement, on four- and five-year graduation rates and on performance for gifted and disabled and those at the bottom 20 percent.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Will Ohio's marijuana initiative follow casinos' lead?
We just ask to have marijuana legalized and here comes some nimrod trying to rob us of our rights and make us buy it from some legalized new type DRUG DEALER th...

Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
Grandma of Chris Miller moved to Florida in a retirement community but I sure miss the Falls and the Blue Door, and the fine service and the true friendship of ...

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

A guide for gift-shopping for older Ohians
I'll never be to old for peanut brittle.

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University