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.
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.
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.”
Chart of data from the 2015-'16 state report cards showing student performance index scores and percentage of economically disadvantaged students. [chart: OHIO EDUCATION POLICY INSTITUTE]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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