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Most Ohio Urban Schools Would Also Get F's Under New School Report Card System

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Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Last week we told you that projections show under the new school report cards most charter schools in the state would get F's. It turns out the Urban 8 districts would perform just as poorly - if not worse - in many areas.

 

Last week we told you that projections show under the new school report cards most charter schools in the state would get F's.

It turns out the Urban 8 districts would perform just as poorly - if not worse - in many areas.

The new grading system, passed at the end of last year as House Bill 555, replaces the current ranking system, which runs on a scale from "Excellent with Distinction" to "Academic Emergency," into an A-F scale.

Under the new system, districts will be assessed on a variety of criteria including how students perform on standardized tests, how many students graduate on time, and a measure called value added which looks at how students progress academically from one year to the next.

[audio href="http://audio2.ideastream.org/statenews/2010/report_cards_voicer.wav" title="Urban Districts, Charter Schools Would Largely Get F's Under New Report Cards"]The new A-F report cards are supposed to be tougher, officials say.[/audio]

The state report cards coming out in August 2013 will award schools and districts grades in nine areas. But schools and districts will not get a single overall grade until 2015.

Recent projections from the Ohio Department of Education show that under the new report card rules, none of the major Ohio urban public school districts would meet the criteria to get even a D in the report card measure that focuses on state test passing rates. Almost 80 percent of charters would get an F in that category as well.

The projections also show the Urban 8 districts are not expected to meet minimum state standards for graduation rates. That is to say, none of them are expected to graduate more than 79 percent of students within four years.

The major urban districts aren't projected to do well on the new Annual Measurable Objectives (or AMOs) section either. AMOs are will basically take the place of the Adequate Yearly Progress component required under the No Child Left Behind Act. None of the state's Big 8 districts are expected to meet AMO goals, and 74 percent of charter schools are expected to get F's in this field too.

It's no surprise that many schools are expected to drop under the new rankings. The Ohio Department of Education estimates that about three-fourths of districts would see a lower state report card grade if their current level of performance continues.

Ohio Department of Education officials and state legislators have said part of the goal of the new report cards is to make the grading system more rigorous.

You can check out the rest of the projections below.

[documentcloud url=https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/628554-new-report-card-presentat... format=wide sidebar=true ]

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