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Colleges in Ohio Among Least Affordable, Study Finds

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ohio ranks 45th in the nation in terms of college affordability, according to a new study out of the University Of Pennsylvania.

The report defines “affordability” as the percent of a family’s income that’s spent on higher education costs.  

For an Ohio family with an annual income of $30,000, the study estimates the family would spend 81% of its income to attend a public research university, like Ohio State.  

Part of the problem, according to the study’s co-author Darcie Harvey, is the amount of financial aid that Ohio provides its low income students.

Lawmakers Seeking To Review Part Of School Report Card System

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:41 PM

If you’re confused about parts of the state’s school report card system -- you’re not alone. Lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would require a comprehensive review on one of the more complex sections. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more. 

The “value added” component of the state’s school report cards is the measure of how well a school did in advancing a child’s education and looks at specific groups.

Republican Representative Ryan Smith of Bidwell wants the state to look into the data in that category. 

Ohio Ready For Life After PARCC

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:33 PM

After controversy surrounding last year’s standardized test known as PARCC, the state is now ready for a new testing season with a whole new assessment. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more.

The PARCC test was scrapped after just one year following several complaints such as the time spent on testing, the delay in results and questions about how the test was developed.

The new assessments, dubbed simply as Ohio’s state tests, were created using the vendor AIR.

Lawmaker Wants Reforms For Online Charter Schools

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM

State lawmakers just passed a sweeping reform of the state’s charter school system, but one senator says more can be done to improve online charters. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow explains.

Democratic Senator Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area introduced a bill that would require these e-schools to keep better attendance records, to make their governing boards stream their traditional meetings like school board sessions, and to display their report card score on advertisements.

Review Targets Ohio Charter School Enrollment, Attendance

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:26 PM

A third of the state’s charter schools – including its largest one – are undergoing reviews to ensure their student enrollment and attendance numbers match the payments they’re receiving from the state.  Statehouse Correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Some of the 104 charter schools are undergoing reviews because it’s time – they’re reviewed at least every five years. Some are getting looked at after being identified in a state auditor’s report last year.

Confusion Over School Grades Expressed In Social Media

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:50 PM

The latest school report cards released by the state Department of Education are still sparking conversations and questions about Ohio testing and standards...even on social media. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow explains. 
A Facebook meme -- circulating among parents, teachers and others -- quotes a superintendent questioning why his district’s K-3 Literacy score was so low when nearly all of his students passed the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee.

Some Reactions To School Grades Focus On Timing

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Some Democrats and critics of the state's school district report cards say they should have never been released this year since the standardized test used to formulate those grades has since been scrapped. But not everyone agrees. From our Statehouse Bureau Jo Ingles reports.
The Ohio School Boards Association’s Damon Asbury doesn’t have a problem with the grade cards being released but with one caveat.

Ohio Working To Keep Charter School Grant After School Grades Omitted

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:47 PM

The Ohio Department of Education is working to keep a $71 million federal grant for charter schools. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the agency is saying Ohio has a lot more failing charter schools than it initially claimed.  

The state is telling the feds Ohio has 57 failing charter schools, not six as it claimed in its grant application, and 59 high performing charters, not 93.  

State Board of Ed Releases Individual School Report Cards

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 4:23 PM

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. And 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,” Wagner said.

Group Claims Preferential State Treatment Of Charter Operator

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM

A progressive advocacy group is slamming the Kasich administration for handing out what it says is millions of dollars preferential treatment to a charter school operator. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

The state once hired IQ Innovations to run a digital education tool known as iLearn.

But Sandy Theis with the liberal think tank, Progress Ohio, says that contract was awarded without a competitive process and the state had to spend another $1.2 million to fix problems.