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HB 555: Ohio School Report Cards and More

Background

HB 555 establishes a new system of report cards for Ohio schools. The new report-card system will grade schools on a “A-F” scale instead of using ratings like “Excellent” and “Academic Watch.”

Starting in with the 2012-13 school year, the new report cards will award schools and districts grades in each one of several areas. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, schools will also receive a single, overall letter grade.

The new report cards may make it harder for schools to earn top grades, but many of the details of how report-card grades will be determined were left up to the state Board of Education.

HB 555 also does a number of other things, including:

  • Creating rules about when charter schools that serve students who have dropped out of other schools must be shut down;
  • Setting criteria for new, statewide online charter schools; and
  • Creating a one-year “safe harbor” that protects schools whose ratings fall under the new Common Core curriculum and standardized tests that start in 2014-15.

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Low-performing dropout recovery charter schools could be closed by the state by 2016 under a new education bill currently moving through Ohio’s state legislature. The major thing that bill, HB 555, would do is establish new school report cards for Ohio schools and school districts. But it would also make other changes affecting Ohio schools.

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