December 9, 2016   School Closings
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ECOT Appeals ODE Enrollment Review Hearing

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest e-school is fighting to keep up to $60 million that it could lose because of an enrollment audit that the school says was improperly conducted by the state.

The state’s audit found that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, only had about 40 percent of the amount of full time students enrolled than it reported.

Class of 2018 Graduation Rates Could Plummet

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Some of this year's high school juniors as well as their administrators are concerned the students won't meet new Ohio graduation standards. That might cause graduation rates to plummet.

The class of 2018 is the first group of Ohio high schoolers to face new stricter requirements.  Students are required to take certain classes including English Language Arts, Math and Social Studies and get a cumulative score of 18 on 7 different subject tests.  The highest total score possible is 35.

Lorain Schools Prepare for State Takeover

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Michelle Faust

A second Ohio school district will follow in Youngstown’s footsteps.   The state is taking control of the low-performing Lorain City School District.

Lorain Schools Superintendent Jeff Graham confirms the district will be controlled by a CEO sometime in the spring or summer of 2017.  Under the provisions of House Bill 70 -- which became law in 2015 – any school district with three years of failing grades will no longer be run by the local school board.

Ohio Slightly Ahead of the Nation in Science Test Scores

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:29 PM

by Michelle Faust

New scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress report show that, on average, Ohio students are ahead in science scores. The Nation’s Report Card came out Thursday revealing how students across the country scored in science in 2015.

No Charter Sponsors Received Ohio's Highest Rating

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:27 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.