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No Charter Sponsors Received Ohio's Highest Rating

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:27 PM

The Ohio Department of Education released community school sponsor evaluations Thursday. None of the state’s charter school sponsors received the highest rating of “exemplary.”

ODE looks at factors such as school performance, as well as “quality practices,” like whether they train teachers and have a clear mission.

Five out of 65 of the state’s charter school sponsors were rated effective.

Governor Kasich Wants High School Work-Study Programs

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

by Mark Urycki

Governor Kasich wants Ohio students to get some work experience while still in high school.  Speaking at a conference in Cleveland Tuesday Kasich questioned whether schools are training kids for 21st century jobs.

Senator Defends Education Department's ECOT Attendance Report

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

A review of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow found that more than half of the students enrolled in the school didn’t do enough work to qualify as full time.

Districts in Poverty Have Lowest Report Card Grades, New Federal Law Aims to Track Progress

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

by Michelle Faust

When report cards came out recently, it was not without controversy.

Districts did worse than last year because the tests and the expectations changed. It was harder to get a passing grade.

“But the report card is important. It tells us useful information and we can't just ignore it in this state,” says Howard Fleeter, an economist who consults for the non-profit Ohio Education Policy Institute. “As we raise the bar, we're increasing the challenge disproportionately for districts that are struggling the most.”

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: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/education-update-lethal-injection-drugs-and-medical-marijuana-delays​

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.