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2013-14 Ohio School District Report Cards

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It’s not just students who receive report cards. School districts earn them, too.

To calculate the statewide report cards, officials at the Ohio Department of Education look at a wide variety of data from the state’s schools, including how well students perform on state tests, how many students are actually passing those tests, and if any progress has been made to close achievement gaps.

In the past, districts used to receive blanket labels like “Continuous Improvement” or “Excellent with Distinction” based on their performance. But the ODE has now shifted to ranking nine categories with an A-F grade.  Each district will receive an overall A-F grade by the 2015-16 school year.

Click here to see the 2014 Ohio Report Cards.

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2013-14 Ohio School Building Report Cards

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Students aren’t the only ones who get report cards. Schools earn them, too.

To calculate the statewide report cards, officials at the Ohio Department of Education look at a wide variety of data from the state’s schools, including how well students perform on state tests, how many students are actually passing those tests, and if any progress has been made to close achievement gaps.

In the past, districts used to receive labels like “Continuous Improvement” or “Excellent with Distinction” based on their performance. But the ODE has now shifted to ranking nine separate categories with an A-F grade. Each district will receive an overall A-F grade by the 2015-16 school year.

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Colorado Adds Health Measurements to School Report Cards

It’s report card day here in Ohio, and many other states follow suit in publishing accountability records to show how districts are performing. But as EdWeek reports, schools in Colorado are required to add a few extra indicators: things like if a school has a nurse, if students have 30 minutes of physical activity, and other health and wellness items. Supporters say moves like this help to increase the connection between a student’s health and their success in the classroom.


When parents in Colorado check state-mandated reports to see how their child’s school is faring academically, they can also quickly learn if that school has a nurse, if it offers 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students, and if it has a school-based health center.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

State to Release School Report Cards

Logo1-thumbnail-Resized150Schools 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 improvement” and “academic emergency” in favor of a simple A-F grading system for both districts and individual schools.

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Steve Jobs Wasn’t A Big Fan of Screen Time for Kids

It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think that Apple’s Steve Jobs would dig his kids heavily using high tech products. But one New York Times reporter says that wasn’t quite the case. Actually, a handful of players in the tech field seem to limit how much time their children log in front of screens.

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules,” 3D Robotics’ chief executive Chris Anderson told the Times. “That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”


When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Reynoldsburg Teachers, Having Rejected The Latest Contract Offer, Are Set To Strike September 19th

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Reynoldsburg teachers and supporters at July 15th rally

Teachers in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg say they’re prepared to strike if a contract agreement can’t be reached in the coming week.

The Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA), the teachers’ bargaining unit, and the school district administration have been at odds over terms of a new contract since negotiations opened in May.

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Research Finds Middle Class Students Ask for Help More than Their Working Class Peers

Class politics can play out in the classroom, too. Our friends at StateImpact Indiana report a new study finds students of middle class families are more willing to ask for help compared to their peers from working class families. A researcher kept tabs on students for two years and looked at student’s behavior in the classroom, along with talking to parents and teachers, and found middle class parents passed along more direct advice on how students should ask for help at school.


Imagine you’re a fourth grade student, sitting in class, and your teacher is introducing a lesson on multiplying a set of two digit numbers. You’re having trouble following along and know you won’t be able to do the homework on your own.

Read more at: indianapublicmedia.org

Changes Hit Ohio’s Community College Funding Formulas

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A new law that tweaks the way Ohio’s community colleges earn their state funding went into effect earlier this month.

The state’s 23 community colleges will now earn their chunk of state funding based on the amount of students completing courses and eventually graduating, instead of the number of students enrolled.

It’s similar to the funding model the state’s public four-year models implemented earlier this year.

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Common Core Supporters Keep Up The Pressure Against Repeal

While tensions remain high in Columbus over a bill that would repeal Ohio’s adoption of the multi-state Common Core education standards, school districts opposed to the idea have been speaking out strongly. One of the most recent statements came Monday from the Licking Valley Local Schools board, which – as Hannah Sparling of the Newark Advocate reports – unanimously passed (with one member absent) a resolution in support of the standards.

Licking Valley Local Schools took a firm and public stance in favor of Common Core on Monday – passing a resolution supporting the standards and sending a copy to every member of the Ohio General Assembly, the State Board of Education and Gov. John Kasich.

Read more at: www.newarkadvocate.com

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