Paolo DeMaria

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Schools throughout Ohio are finding out whether they are making the grade on the state’s annual school report cards released Thursday.   State school Superintendent Paolo DeMaria is upbeat about the report cards this year, urging Ohioans to look at the data behind the grades. “We’re seeing improvement and academic achievement happening all across the state in every corner of the state.” Overall school and district grades are new this year, and it would be hard to see that improvement by looking at those.

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The state has put out the latest report card for school districts. Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Youngstown and Toledo got failing grades while many wealthier suburban areas of the state got high marks.  

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The Ohio Department of Education will release report cards on the state’s more than 600 school districts this week. Meanwhile, a Republican lawmaker is still pushing a bill that would once again overhaul the report card system, saying those simple-to-understand letters are hiding essential information about schools. 

 

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State education leaders have a new policy they say will ensure student success.  But it involves doing some basic things many schools and teachers already do – focusing on individual students’ needs. It is meant to de-emphasize required standardized testing.

  

The state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Juravich, helped develop the new policy that focuses less on teaching information that could be on state standardized tests and more on meeting the needs of individual students.

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The state school board has voted to oppose a controversial bill that would give the governor more authority over a new education and workforce agency. There are questions about the relationship the state’s education leader has with Gov. John Kasich.

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