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The Media’s Up/Down Coverage of Ohio’s School Report Card Release

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In Ohio, the annual release of school report cards is largely a local event, with media focusing on which districts in their coverage areas move up a rating or two and which move down. But some outlets focus on the bigger picture questions, like: How are charter schools doing? What’s up with the new graduation rate? And what can we say about performance in Ohio’s Big 8 urban districts?

Here’s a roundup of how other media across the state covered the Ohio school report card release. Did we miss a good story? If so, let us know in the comments section below. (Our school report coverage can be found here.)

Akron Beacon Journal: Akron school district’s graduation rate increases under tough new standard.

Akron Beacon Journal:
Some districts still exceed growth expectations despite tougher standards.

Chillicothe Gazette: Zane Trace Middle School drops 2 slots on report card.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio’s charter schools kept up with their traditional public school counterparts in making overall gains on the 2011 Ohio Report Card. But, as was the case last year, they still lag behind those traditional schools in overall academic scores.

CuyahogaFallsPatch: Woodridge Local Schools began the new school year with news that the district is rated Excellent in the Ohio Department of Education.

Dayton Daily News: School results improve on state’s report card.

Fordham Institute/Flypaper Blog: Fordham once again provided quick-turnaround, city-by-city analyses of public school performance in the Buckeye state’s eight major urban areas.

Fordham Institute/Flypaper Blog: Dayton’s student achievement data tell a slightly hopeful story.

Granville Sentinel: Granville schools’ report card at top in central Ohio

HillcrestPatch: The Mayfield City School District achieved the top honor of “excellent with distinction” for the third consecutive year.

Ironton Tribune: School report cards show ups, downs of education.

Mansfield News Journal: Richland County public school districts and those around Ohio largely made progress on the latest state report card.

Marietta Times: Warren Local Schools has joined Wolf Creek as Washington County school districts with an excellent designation, according to state report card data released Wednesday.

Ohio News Network: Stan Heffner is the Ohio schools superintendent and he said on Wednesday that it was a good day for Ohio academics.

Plain Dealer: Charter schools partnering with the Cleveland school district score well on state report card.

Review Times: Fostoria remained rated “Continuous Improvement” by meeting the state requirement of at least 75 percent proficiency in 12 of 26 state indicators for the 2010-2011 school year.

Times Reporter: Three area school districts — New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas Valley in Zoarville and East Holmes in Berlin — earned an “excellent with distinction” rating in the latest state report card, sharing the top ranking with 83 out of 609 other districts in Ohio.

Sandusky Register: Four local districts saw a boost in their overall ratings this year, according to state report cards the Ohio Department of Education released Wednesday.

Suburban News Publications: Students, teachers and staff members in the Canal Winchester Local School District and Groveport-Madison School District returned to the classroom this week with state report cards that give them high marks for their work in the classrooms during the past year.

Sun News: The Strongsville City School District has earned its 10th consecutive “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education.

Toledo Blade: TPS gets ‘C’ on its state evaluation.

Toledo Blade: Toledo’s graduation rate dropped significantly on state school report cards released Wednesday because of a new way to calculate the figure.

West Side Leader: Buchtel shows improvement on state report card.

White Hat Management (press release): This year, numerous charter schools affiliated with White Hat Management demonstrated significant academic gains and/or continued to demonstrate overall improvement.  Despite such gains, CEO of White Hat Management, Tom Barrett, acknowledged that the results at some locations were somewhat disappointing.

WYTV: Ohio report cards released, Youngstown schools go up.

Youngstown Vindicator: Ohio’s school districts improved their academic performance on the latest state report card, but the bar will be raised higher beginning next year.

Update, 8/26:
We’ve got two more to add to the list.

News-Herald: Local districts received their official school report cards from the state and this year, one school improved from last year, while the others maintained their “grades.”

WCPN – Sound of Ideas: We’ll talk about the winners and losers across Ohio, where overall scores generally improved. Lorain schools are celebrating a move out of academic watch while Cleveland schools take a step back. Next year, the grading gets tougher.

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