Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM
Ohio has officially changed the way it evaluates school districts. An “A” through “F” system replaces the one which used terms like “Excellent” and “Excellent with Distinction.” The state’s top education official tells Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow that this new system gives parents a better idea at just how their district is performing.
It’s all an effort for transparency and simplification. That’s what Ohio Schools Superintendent Dick Ross has to say about the state’s new “A” through “F” report card system which launched today.
The old system which used terms like “Excellent with Distinction” and “Continuous Improvement” … that’s out. Ross says the new scheme evaluates different education measures using the well-known letter grades.
“I know our moms and dads know what an ‘A’ is—I know they know what an ‘F’ is. So why change? I think the whole idea is to make sure that we are able to convey the message in the most transparent way and I think the ‘A’ through ‘F’ report grade card does that.”
The new report cards are split into six different components which include Achievement, Progress, Graduation Rates, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. And each of those components breaks down into different measures.
This is only the beginning for the state’s new system. In the next two years the Department of Education plans to add new literacy measures to the list of scores. And by the 2015 school year, every district will receive an overall grade score.
But the department warns that people should not average out today’s scores because that will not give them an accurate overall grade for their district.
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