Critics of Ohio School Report Cards Say They Shouldn't Have Been Released

Feb 25, 2016

State Board of Education member A. J. Wagner speaks to Statehouse reporters as Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) looks on.
Credit Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

After a long delay, report cards are out for Ohio’s schools – and they show a big drop in the number of “A” grades on student performance on statewide tests.

As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, some critics say they show serious problems with those tests.

State Board of Education member A. J. Wagner says the grades being reported are faulty because of the PARCC tests that students took last year.

“These report cards are not just inaccurate; they are harmful to our children, our schools and our communities,” said Wagner.

Wagner and some lawmakers, including Democratic Rep. Teresa Fedor, say the report cards shouldn’t have been released. So, is there any value in those report cards?

“Not much other than Realtors get to say to people who are interested in moving into a different area – they use that,” said Fedor.

State education officials had warned that grades on this year’s report cards would drop. And districts, students and teachers won’t face consequences because the state has scrapped the PARCC test and is moving to a new one.