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School Groups Say Report Shows Continuing Connection Between Poverty And Student Performance

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

by Karen Kasler

A report commissioned by three groups representing officials from traditional public schools shows what they call a strong link between student performance and household income - in other words, kids in wealthy districts do better on tests on average than kids in poor districts do.

Cleveland Hosts 6th Ohio ESSA Plan Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:33 AM

by Michelle Faust

Educators, administrators, and parents gathered at Cuyahoga Community College Monday night to weigh in on the best way for Ohio to move forward with a new education plan. The state department of education is preparing for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

About 200 stakeholders sat and answered targeted questions about what the state should write into its plan for the federal law known as ESSA. It will replace No Child Left Behind in the 2017-2018 school year.

Watch: Education Round Up on Sound of Ideas: ESSA

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

This week on Sound of Ideas, StateImpact reporter Michelle Faust discussed the state report cards, the state of Cleveland Schools, and Ohio's ESSA plan.

The full program can be found here:​

In Wake Of New State Report Cards, Charter School Leader Has Message For Parents

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

by Andy Chow

Traditional public schools and charter schools were both on the receiving ends of much lower grades on their state report cards. But one charter advocate who says he has an important message for parents.

Ohio’s charter schools were not immune to the new grade card results that saw a big dip because of increased standards and harder tests.

Of the state’s 280 charters, only five received an A on the test performance portion, and 270 other schools got an F in that section. 

State's School Grade Cards With New Higher Standards Contain Low Marks, As Leaders Warned

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM

The state school report cards are out and, just as leaders warned, the grades are much lower than usual, with just a fraction of Ohio’s districts scoring top grades in a key area – student test scores.

Poor School Report Cards Reflect Changes in Testing

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:18 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Ohio Department of Education on Thursday released report cards evaluating all of the state’s schools. They show nearly 60 percent of schools received a D or F grade for achievement.

According to the new state report cards, most schools in Ohio are mediocre or failing.  Less than 15 percent received an A or B grade. 

Peggy Lehner, Chair of the Ohio Senate Education Committee explains one reason districts come out so poorly on the reports.

Cleveland, Akron Schools Receive Low Marks in State Reports Cards

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:10 PM

by Nick Castele

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District received straight Fs in the latest round of state school report cards released on Thursday, and Akron Public Schools didn’t fare much better.

The Ohio Department of Education gave Cleveland failing grades in every measurement, including graduation rate, K-3 literacy and performance on state tests.

Progress Report Shows Slow Improvement in Cleveland Schools

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:37 PM

by Kevin Niedermier

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is slowly improving, but not fast enough.  That’s the main finding of a report released this week by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, the group monitoring the school system’s sweeping 2012 overhaul plan. 

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Says the New Rules on Charter Schools Will Lead to Greater Transparency

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

by Kabir Bhatia

The U.S. Department of Education is implementing new rules on charter schools, many of which were suggested by a delegation of Ohio lawmakers. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the Charter School Accountability Act last year, saying it would strengthen transparency, and increase community involvement for Ohio's 123,000 charter school students.  The new rules require independent financial audits, as well as a public database of academic and financial performance.

State Leaders Brace For Dramatic Drop In State Report Card Grades

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:14 PM

by Andy Chow

The Ohio Department of Education plans to release its state school report cards Thursday morning and state leaders are telling parents, students and educators to brace themselves for significantly lower than usual grades. 

The state has raised the bar on what qualifies as being proficient and how many students need to reach that standard to get a good report card grade.

Schools that are used to getting A’s and B’s could see their grades drop to D’s and even F’s.