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New School Report Cards Cause Confusion for Parents in Ohio

Photo of a Facebook meme surrounding Ohio's new school report cards

As people around the state continue to study the latest school report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, there seems to be at least one area causing confusion.

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 third-grade reading guarantee.

As Chris Woolard with the Ohio Department of Education explains, it’s because the K-3 literacy component is a different measure that scores how a district did in helping students who were identified as struggling readers.

“This just focuses in on those kids who aren’t on track. That group of kids might be bigger in some districts than others, but this particular measure is about that subgroup of kids,” said Woolard.

Critics of the department say certain factors make this year’s report cards too confusing and they shouldn’t have been released.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.