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House Bill Caps Amount of Time Allowed for Standardized Testing

albertogp123 / flickr Lawmakers want to set a limit on the amount of time spent on mandatory state testing in schools. Many believe the cap is just scratching the surface of a bigger problem. The bill says students can spend no more than four hours on a state standardized test. That’s per student—per subject—per year. [...]

Members Walk Out as Ohio Board of Education Considers Change in Standards

A pending vote from the state’s top education leaders could have major ramifications on local schools around Ohio.  The state Board of Education is reviewing almost all of its standards to provide more “flexibility” to local school districts.  This week it considered changing Ohio’s so-called 5 of 8 rule that concerns art teachers, music teachers, [...]

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Leaves Room For Interpretation

Justin, Austin and Davon get personalized instruction from literacy specialist Olivia Weisman.

At  Renwood Elementary School in Parma, just south of Cleveland, Olivia Weisman wraps up a small group reading session with three students: Justin and Austin, both nine years old; and Davon is ten.  They’re in the fourth grade, but none of them has passed the Ohio third grade reading assessment or one of the alternative [...]

Bill To Repeal Common Core Clears House Committee

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An Ohio House panel has passed a Republican proposal to repeal Common Core learning standards in the state, sending it on to the full House. Representatives Matt Thompson and Andy Huffman, both Republicans, introduced the measure last summer.  Both are members of the Rules and Reference Committee, which was assigned HB 597 after a similar [...]

Blended Learning Expanding In Mentor, With The Help Of A State Grant

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At Ridge Middle School in Mentor, a class of 7th grade English students gears up for a quiz.  They’ve been studying Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the short story from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and their teacher, Stephanie Dwyer, wants to get a read on their comprehension of the text. It takes a few minutes to set it [...]

City Club of Cleveland: State of the Cleveland Schools

The City Club of Cleveland was once again host to the State of the Schools address for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. With fewer than three years remaining until the historic 15-mill levy expires, this year’s address by CEO Eric S. Gordon discusses investments that have been made so far and plans for the future, [...]

Cleveland Plan Showing First Signs Of Success, Says Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Correction: This story originally stated that CEO Gordon did not discuss a bond issue for school construction on the November ballot.  He did indeed discuss it in both his speech and during the Q&A segment.  We regret the error.    Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon called the 2013-2014 school year a “year of disruption that [...]

Teachers And Parents Defend Horizon Science Academies As State Probe Expands

Parents and teachers on Tuesday told the Ohio Board of Education that a recent string of accusations against the Horizon Science Academies is becoming a distraction to student education. Shahrazad Ali, whose grandson is a freshman at the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati,went as far as saying that opponents of charter schools are conducting a [...]

How Useful Are The Ohio School Report Cards?

State report cards for school districts and individual schools are out, with yet more changes as the Ohio Department of Education continues to tweak the annual assessment. As with last year, the report cards don’t assign overall grades to districts and schools, but DO give grades in a range of assessment categories. StateImpact Ohio’s Bill [...]

State to Release School Report Cards

Schools and school districts across Ohio will find out today how well they did last year in meeting a range of benchmarks. And just as last year, the annual state report cards will not include an overall grade. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year the state did away with designations like “excellent with distinction,” “continuous [...]

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