The report cards evaluating schools’ performance released by the Ohio Department of Education last month are different from the state report cards of past years.
As we wrote earlier, this new grading system gives schools A-F grades in nine separate areas instead of the labels ranging from “Excellent” to “Academic Emergency” under the old system. And under the new system, it’s tougher for schools to earn high marks.
Ideastream’s the Sound of Ideas took on the topic of the new report cards on a recent show.
Guests included State Board of Education Vice President Tom Gunlock, former Ohio Department of Education accountability head Bill Zelei, Columbus Dispatch reporter Jennifer Smith Richards and Sycamore school district Superintendent Adrienne James.