Eye on Education

Amy Hansen

Broadcast Reporter

Amy Hansen is an education reporter/producer for StateImpact Ohio. Amy previously was an enterprise reporter for The Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania, where she covered in-depth community issues such as hunger and homelessness. Amy has also worked for WGBH’s FRONTLINE and The Boston Herald. The Pittsburgh native holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, where she was the 2013 Journalism Graduate Student of the Year, along with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from The University of Akron.

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Ohio State President Voices Support for Governor’s Budget

In an editorial letter to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State’s Dr. Michael Drake voiced his approval of the higher education mentions in Gov. John Kasich’s recently signed budget, calling the bipartisan higher education support within the state “inspiring.”

While we celebrated the founding of our great nation on July 4, families and students around the state have another reason to give thanks. Last week, Gov. John Kasich signed into law a state budget bill that underscores the importance of a college degree.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Want to Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt? Buy A Lottery Ticket

Some New Jersey residents could see their student loan debt wiped away by one lucky winning lottery ticket. Inside Higher Ed reports recently introduced legislation calls for creating a new lottery system specifically aimed to pay off winners’ student loan debt.

In New Jersey, some may be able to pay off thousands of dollars in student loans with one $3 payment — if they’re lucky. A New Jersey state representative proposed legislation Monday morning that would establish a lottery, but only for those with college debt.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Mid-Size Cities Draw Recent College Grads

While big cities like New York and Los Angeles no doubt still draw a steady stream of recent college graduates looking for a job, the Akron Beacon Journal reports new research points out that mid-size cities with available job opportunities may be even more attractive to millennials.

College graduates were once drawn to cool cities in bunches.

Read more at: www.ohio.com

Fewer Ohioians Earning GEDs

The Columbus Dispatch reports the amount of adults passing the high school equivalency exam known as the GED is on a serious overall decline–slightly more than 2,100 passed the exam last year, compared to more than 28,000 in 2001.

The number of people successfully obtaining their GED, Ohio’s only official high-school equivalency test, plunged by 86 percent last year, and the rebound to normalcy that some state officials have been predicting is nowhere in sight.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Cleveland Teachers’ Union Calls for Quicker Feedback, More Sample Questions on New Standardized Exams


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Leaders in Cleveland’s Teachers’ Union say dropping Ohio’s PARCC standardized test last week opens a window to improve testing in the Buckeye state, adding that better communication and a test that reflects classroom realities is what’s needed.

Cleveland Teachers’ Union vice president Shari Obrenski hopes with a new test, the Ohio Department of Education will be able to give teachers better and faster feedback on how students are performing, sample prep questions that are released earlier, and a test that better reelects that national Common Core education standards.

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State Testing Revamp Must Be Quickly Completed


Gov. John Kasich’s recently signed budget bill includes a total revamp of Ohio’s batch of Common Core-aligned math and English exams.

But education officials have a lot of work to complete in a relatively small amount of time.

Working alongside the American Institutes for Research testing company, state officials will need to create the new exams, make sure all of the associated technology works, and roll out the tests, all by the end of next spring.

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Ohio Ditches PARCC


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After a year filled with concerns from parents, teachers, and lawmakers, Ohio is ditching its current Common Core-aligned standardized testing provider.

When Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget last night, he cut ties with the national testing consortium known as PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and Careers.

The first full-year of PARCC implementation was filled with criticism of the exams, especially technology-related problems, along with the sheer amount of time kids spent on testing.

Now, the budget dictates the Ohio Department of Education must pick a new test provider. The ODE will go with the American Institutes for Research, the same company that develops the state’s science and social studies exams.

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U.S. Graduate School Applications See Big Uptick from Indian Students

The number of international students applying to U.S. graduate schools increased by two percent, Inside Higher Ed reports, with the biggest uptick coming from students in India.

Foreign students’ applications to American graduate schools climbed by 2 percent this year, driven in part by continued growth in applications from India, according to survey results released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. Applications from India increased by 12 percent over the previous year, the third straight year of such double-digit increases.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Charter School Bill Escapes Full House Vote

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a bill tightening charter school regulations won’t get a full vote before the House begins its summer recess this week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House will head off on summer break without voting on the new accountability and financial reporting rules for Ohio’s $1 billion charter school industry that have been in the works for months.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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