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Cleveland School CEO Finds Positive Path in Incremental Growth

The CEO of the largest school district in Ohio says the numbers are improving for his district, even if they aren’t yet good. In his annual State of the Schools address Eric Gordon says Cleveland Municipal School District is on the rebound. Gordon talked about finding direction by following the north star.  His guiding stars [...]

Early Start to School Year May Benefit Testing

School started today for students in Cincinnati and Cleveland public schools. Dayton Public Schools opened last Thursday. Canton schools are back in session later this week and Akron, Toledo and Columbus City Schools will start next week. It seems like an early start, but that may be helpful when testing starts in the spring.

Will Ohio Flunk Failing Charter Schools?

The head of the Office of School Choice in Ohio resigned over the weekend, after he admitted he had left some failing grades out of several charter school evaluations. Critics question whether David Hansen was purposely “scrubbing” the grades to make charter sponsors look good. Meanwhile, the status of state legislation to crack down on bad [...]

Ohio Dept. of Education Halts Evaluations of Charter Sponsors

The Ohio Department of Education today announced it’s retracting its evaluations of charter school sponsors. The move comes after a department official admitted he had failed to include the grades of some very low-performing sponsors. Some of the worst performing charter schools in Ohio are online schools. But their sponsors, or authorizers, have been getting [...]

Ohio Offers Performance-based Bonus Education Money

The $10 billion state budget worked out by the Ohio legislature two weeks ago puts more money into education than Gov. John Kasich’s spending plan. And, for the first time, the education plan includes a funding bonus based on school performance. The governor’s proposal to provide more money for poor districts and less money for [...]

Ohio Ditches PARCC

albertogp123 / flickr After a year filled with concerns from parents, teachers, and lawmakers, Ohio is ditching its current Common Core-aligned standardized testing provider. When Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget last night, he cut ties with the national testing consortium known as PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and Careers. The [...]

Evaluations Rate Most Ohio Teachers as Good

A new statewide report finds the overwhelming number of Ohio teachers are doing a good job. The Ohio Education Research Center, based at Ohio University, was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Education to go through evaluations of 86 thousand teachers. The research center looked at tests scores and other factors from the first full [...]

Opponents of Standardized Tests Meet with Sen. Sherrod Brown

Even though school was out of session at Shaker Heights High School, a group of teachers, parents, and students crowded into a theater on Monday to vent their frustration about standardized tests. They came to hear Sen. Sherrod Brown talk about reducing the number of tests required by federal law. Ohio students spent an average [...]

Study Says Ohio Pupils Not Hurt by Switching Schools

A new study has found that closing schools in Ohio can be a good thing. A report from the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds students generally do better in math and reading when they move to new schools. Investigators from Ohio State and the University of Oklahoma followed some 23,000 students in Ohio’s 8 [...]

Gov. Kasich Urges Parents to Keep Kids in Tests

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MARK URYCKI/STATEIMPACT A few parents around Ohio are reportedly holding their children back from taking standardized tests. The tests are looking at proficiency based on the Common Core math, reading and writing standards. That response is itself testing both state lawmakers – and the governor. Gov. John Kasich says he supports bills that would reduce the number [...]

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