Ohio remained among the top ten states ranked and graded annually not for their student performance, but for their education policy. The "report card" comes from Students First, an advocacy group that aims to hold educators and government accountable for student outcomes. It measures how states are performing in three broad areas: elevating the teaching profession, empowering parents, and governance and spending. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen spoke with the director of the group's Ohio chapter, Greg Harris, about how Ohio fared.
Harris thinks one area that Ohio could really improve in is better elevating teachers.
"This is a frustrating area. For Ohio, we still have a system that does not recognize a teacher's merit. In Ohio, by law, teachers can only be paid or promoted based on seniority, which basically is the number of years that they've been in the teaching profession. And our view is that these aren't factory workers, these are dynamic professionals, and we should have a compensation system that recognizes the impact of teachers."