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Columbus Schools Going Door-To-Door to Get Kids Into Summer School

Columbus City Schools employees and an army of volunteers are literally going door-to-door this week, to get students who haven’t passed the third grade reading assessment back into school. Despite impressive gains between administration of the state-mandated test in the fall and the spring, over 950 third-grade students failed to make the cut-off score that [...]

For Some, Passing The Third Grade Hinges On Alternative Reading Tests

One would like to think that persistence and hard work alone over the course of the school year brought 3rd graders up to the level necessary to meet the third grade reading guarantee. That was, no doubt, part of it – a big part, in some cases. From last fall to this spring, many Ohio [...]

Twelve Percent of Ohio Third Graders Aren’t Ready For Fourth Grade

wrightbrosfan / Flickr Eighty-eight percent of Ohio kids who took the third grade reading guarantee test passed it, compared to about 63 percent who passed the test last fall. That means 12 percent of the state’s 110,000 third graders haven’t achieved the reading score they needed to move on to fourth grade. John Charlton with [...]

California Tenure Ruling Not Really Applicable In Ohio

This week’s court ruling in California declaring that state’s system of tenure in public schools unconstitutional has fueled speculation that similar actions will be pursued in other states.  But there’s a lot of doubt whether Ohio would be one of them. The group that challenged the law complained that granting tenure essentially guaranteeing a job [...]

Ohio’s New Graduation Requirements

The Ohio Graduation Tests were a necessary cornerstone to earning a high school diploma in the Buckeye State. But now, the tests most commonly known as the OGTs are being phased out. Thanks to the passing of House Bill 487, incoming freshmen will face different graduation requirements, including a slew of new tests. Previously, students [...]

Despite Opposition, The Common Core Has A Firm Footing In Ohio

Brad McQueen, a 5th grade public school teacher from Tucson Arizona, has made a personal crusade of denouncing the Common Core. McQueen was a featured speaker at an anti-Common Core rally at the Ohio statehouse last week.  The new standards are meant to raise the bar of student achievement to better prepare kids for the [...]

Three States Are Now Ditching The Common Core

Two additional states have joined Indiana in withdrawing from the Common Core math and English standards. On May 30, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation that calls for new standards, designed independently of the multi-state initiative, to be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.  And on Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin approved replacing the [...]

Ohio Bucks The Conservative Trend, Sticks With The Common Core

Republicans in several red states are heeding the outcry from conservatives that the Common Core is, at best, hurting education (at worst it’s a federal plot to indoctrinate your kids.) But on Wednesday Ohio’s legislature, which is heavily Republican, reaffirmed the math and English standards it adopted along with 43 other states and the District [...]

Ohio’s Ed Standards Debate Circles The Common Core But Doesn’t Zero In

A committee of Ohio lawmakers is set to convene Tuesday to hammer out an agreement on Senate-proposed changes to a House education bill. The changes to House Bill 487 would put into law what is already taking place: putting the brakes on partnering up with other states to develop and implement new learning standards. The [...]

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