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Thanks to Excessive Snow Days, Ohio Extends State Testing Time

MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM The Ohio Department of Education says it will increase the number of weeks schools have to administer the Ohio Achievement Assessment this spring. The new testing window gives schools an extra week, from April 21st through May 16th. The first three are set aside for testing weeks, and the fourth can [...]

Feeling the Pressure, Schools Hunker Down to Meet Third Grade Reading Guarantee

The stakes are high.  This spring, most third graders who don’t score at least 392 points on the Ohio Achievement Assessment won’t be promoted to the 4th grade. That’s slightly higher than the score kids had to hit last year, but still below what’s considered proficient. And that’s got some school districts on edge and honing [...]

Extra Snow Days Could Delay State Tests

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MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM The miserable cold and seemingly endless snow fall has led many Ohio school districts to blow through the number of calamity days allowed by the state. And all of those days off mean schools have had less time than usual to prepare students for the Ohio Achievement Assessment, the state mandated [...]

Obama Renews Call for Universal Preschool

President Barack Obama says he’s serious about making sure all kids have access to preschool. During his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, Obama said he’s going to renew his push to help states expand their preK programs, an idea he touted last year. “Research shows one of the best investments we can make [...]

Gov. Kasich Says Schools Should Be Able to Take More Snow and Ice Days

BLMIERS2/ FLICKR Gov. John Kasich is calling on Ohio lawmakers to give the state’s schools extra snow days this year. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles for StateImpact Ohio, John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now [...]

Fewer Ohio Graduates Need Remedial College Classes

Sagolla / Flickr The number of Ohio graduates who need remedial college courses is declining, but only slightly. A new statewide report shows 40 percent of high school students who got their diplomas in 2012 needed basic math or English classes when they enrolled in an Ohio public community college or university. That’s down from [...]

Grant Money Helps Colleges Lure Minorities Into STEM Majors

Net_efekt / Flickr Ohio State University and ten other higher education institutions around Ohio are sharing a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit minority students into the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The grant is awarded through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program and creates a partnership among the eleven campuses. [...]

Cleveland Push for Universal Preschool Goes Beyond the School District

Think you know the best way to design preschool programs for Cleveland kids? Your ideas are welcome for the task force of school, city, and business leaders trying to expand access to preschool programs around Cleveland. Their work stems from an element of the Cleveland Plan, the broad strategy Cleveland Schools officials developed to boost academic achievement. [...]

School Employees Involved in Attendance Scrubbing Probe Face Discipline

The Ohio Department of Education says employees in six districts accused of fudging their attendance data will be disciplined by the department’s professional conduct office. The Cleveland Schools are among those involved in the investigation that originally netted nine districts, the Columbus Dispatch reports.   The state’s report shows 3500 Cleveland students were improperly removed from [...]

Incoming Kent State President Wants to Prepare Students for the Workforce

Daniel Skinner / WKSU Beverly Warren won’t start her job as the new president of Kent State University until July 1st, but she already has some ideas about how to run the ship. Warren–who’s wrapping up her job as the vice president at Virginia Commonwealth University–was chosen as the university’s 12th president earlier this week. [...]

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