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More Than 300 Cleveland School Kids Repeating Third Grade

Cleveland schools opened for their first day of the year with 324 kids required to repeat the third grade.  That’s more than 7 times the number of third graders held back in 2013. The large number stems from students’ failure to meet the state’s new third grade reading guarantee that went into effect. just this [...]

Ohio Department of Education Releases Revised Report Cards

JESSFLICKR / FLICKR The Ohio Department of Education has recalculated report cards in five school districts after correcting for errors resulting from improper data tampering. More than 100 revisions were made to 2012 and 2013 school report cards in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Southern Ohio’s Northridge Local school districts. All four were cited for [...]

Ohio Receives nearly $350,000 to Defray AP Exam Costs

Ohio is among 40 states receiving a cut of more than 28 million dollars in federal money to help low income students pay for advanced placement exams. Students who take AP courses in high school earn college credit if they score well on the exam.  And that can reduce the time and cost required to [...]

State School Report Cards’ Release Date Gets Delayed

MARSMET TALLAHASSEE / FLICKR Bad weather meant cancellations. Cancellations meant the department state officials had to extend the spring testing window, and in turn, that pushed back the issue of statewide school report cards. Typically, the department issues report cards in August, but this year they won’t be accessible until mid-September. The reports grade schools [...]

Reynoldsburg Teachers Prepared To Strike Over Merit Pay

Correction: This post originally stated that Cleveland’s is the only school district to have implemented a compensation system centered around performance.  It turns out there are a small handful of other districts that also base pay increases on performance.      Members of the teachers union in Reynoldsburg have authorized a ten day strike notice after [...]

Four Urban Districts Free of Data Scrubbing in 2013-14

The Ohio Department of Education says it has found no instances of data scrubbing in 2013-14 among four big city school districts with past histories of incorrectly reporting students’ attendance. State Superintendent of Public instruction Richard Ross sent letters to district heads in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo confirming that their 2013-14 records are clear [...]

City Club: Navigating the Transition to High School

When educational matters are discussed, the voices of teachers, administrators and policymakers often drown out the voices of the students actually impacted by changes. Those tables were turned on August 7 at the City Club of Cleveland.  A panel of four high school students presented the results of a survey they created and distributed to [...]

National Advocate Discusses Early Childhood Reading at City Club

Barbara O’Brien, National Policy Director for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, spoke at the City Club on June 6. Dr. O’Brien discussed how the campaign collaborates with foundations and communities across the country to help increase the high school graduation rate for students from low-income families. The Campaign focuses on grade-level reading by the [...]

Higher Education Is A “Competitive Marketplace,” University of Akron President Says

Scott Scarborough / Photo courtesy of The University of Akron Between dealing with issues like decreasing state support, the so-called “arms race” to expand campus facilities, and growing administrative costs, being a university president in today’s higher education world may be a tough gig. Scott Scarborough took over the helm of The University of Akron [...]

The Sound of Ideas: Building a Better Teacher

Movies are filled with inspiring teachers. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds, or Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. These on-screen teachers seem to be blessed with an innate ability to teach. But is it really that simple? Author and journalist Elizabeth Green says the idea of the “natural born teacher” is a myth, but [...]

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