Eye on Education

If You Could Grade Ohio Schools, What Would You Look At?

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Ohio collects a ton of data about school performance, most of it based on standardized tests. Then the state crunches the numbers and grades each school. You can find your school’s full report card here.

For a future story, we want your opinion: Does any of this data tell you what you want to know about the quality of your local schools? What do you think of when you think of quality schools?

It’s a good time to ask the question. This month, Ohio schools will be graded in a new way.

Instead of labels such as “Effective” and “Continuous Improvement” they’ll get A-F grades. Those A-F grades are supposed to be an easier way for parents and taxpayers to understand how good–or bad–their school is. But A-F grades were also the subject of a recent scandal in Indiana. And Florida, which pioneered the use of A-F grades for schools, tinkers with the scoring formula constantly.

For the story we want your help with, we’d like to take a step back from all this. Tell us what aspects of your schools you want to see measured. Then we’ll look at the data Ohio collects and try to find answers to the questions that are important to you.

  • When you think about the performance of your local school, what’s your biggest question?
  • How important are school-wide test scores to you?
  • Does the current state report card for your school tell you what you want to know? If not, what’s missing?
  • If you were designing a report card to grade your school’s performance, what areas would you include?

We want to hear from you. Leave your answers below, email molly.bloom@ideastream.org or call (216) 202-0665.


  • Ryan

    As a student from Eaton High School, Ohio. I would grade my school a D. My school lacked structure and security. Drugs were a problem and there were not as many kids as other big cities. Because of my school, I want to have my kids in a private school.

    • Eric Baumann

      I am sorry about the drug problem in your school. I feel though many of these problems are home problems that are infiltrating the school. I feel that the parents and their lack of oversight and commitment to their kids is much of the problem. If students are doing drugs their commitment to the school is not going to be there. They show up because they have to. Making school miserable to all. But if you think the private schools are drug free you are going to be in for a rude awakening. The parochial and private schools are full of drugs, just different designer drugs. Just be a good parent. Talk to your kids from day one and stress the importance of education. Our kids are in a community that values education. Our public schools are also very diverse and all students of all backgrounds show growth and succeed. It all just comes back to environment, expectations at home and school, kids believing in themselves.

  • Brooke

    Every school should have a full-time certified library media specialist. All research shows that the presence of a licensed school librarian who has time to collaborate with faculty results in higher test scores and literacy rates. Yet schools across Ohio rarely have elementary librarians and many are cutting those on the secondary level as well.

  • Ginger

    School climate! Strength of relationships, emotional & physical safety, joy of learning, creativity, student/parent/teacher satisfaction

  • duckmonkeyman

    Small class sizes, course offerings, student support services, parent/student/teacher satisfaction. Standardized test scores are meaningless.

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