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If You Could Grade Ohio Schools, What Would You Look At?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Do state report cards tell you what you want to know about the quality of your schools? Tell us what aspects of schools you want to see measured.

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Ohio collects a ton of data about school performance, most of it based on standardized tests. Then the state crunches the numbers and grades each school. You can find your school's full report card here.

For a future story, we want your opinion: Does any of this data tell you what you want to know about the quality of your local schools? What do you think of when you think of quality schools?

It's a good time to ask the question. This month, Ohio schools will be graded in a new way.

Instead of labels such as "Effective" and "Continuous Improvement" they'll get A-F grades. Those A-F grades are supposed to be an easier way for parents and taxpayers to understand how good--or bad--their school is. But A-F grades were also the subject of a recent scandal in Indiana. And Florida, which pioneered the use of A-F grades for schools, tinkers with the scoring formula constantly.

For the story we want your help with, we'd like to take a step back from all this. Tell us what aspects of your schools you want to see measured. Then we'll look at the data Ohio collects and try to find answers to the questions that are important to you.

  • When you think about the performance of your local school, what's your biggest question?
  • How important are school-wide test scores to you?
  • Does the current state report card for your school tell you what you want to know? If not, what's missing?
  • If you were designing a report card to grade your school's performance, what areas would you include?

We want to hear from you. Leave your answers below, email or call (216) 202-0665.

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