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Putting The Technology Behind Ohio’s New Standardized Exams to The Test


StateImpact Ohio / Amy Hansen Ohio’s students are taking a new batch of standardized testing aligned to the Common Core, the math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country. This year, state officials initially planned for the test to be delivered strictly on a computer, but only about 60 percent of students [...]

Teachers at Columbus Charter School Seek Union Vote

Teachers at a Columbus charter high school want to unionize–and the organizing effort is believed to be a first among the state’s 387 charter schools. A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy have taken steps to force an organizing vote. They got help from the Ohio Education Association, and the group’s vice president, Scott [...]

Less Than One Month Until Students Take The Latest Round of PARCC Exams


Screen capture of online practice question It’s the final countdown. In just a few weeks, Ohio’s students will take the first set of spring exams aligned to the Common Core. While approximately 70,000 students took a statewide trial run of the exams last spring, those results didn’t actually count. The Ohio Department of Education administered [...]

Ohio Colleges Focus on Keeping on Pace to Graduate

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Now that higher education funding in Ohio is tied to the number of students who graduate, not enrollment, universities are doing more to see that students stay on track. And the Board of Regents requires each state school to have a formal retention plan in place, aimed at getting freshmen to return for their sophomore [...]

Former Columbus Superintendent Avoids Jail In Data Scandal


Tom Borgerding / WOSU The highest ranking public official convicted in the Columbus City Schools’ data rigging scandal will not do any jail time. Superintendent Gene Harris was meted a suspended sentence on charges of dereliction of duty. Harris’ 37 year career as an educator ended with a suspended jail term, revocation of her teacher [...]

Report Finds Tuition Contributions Now Outweigh State Financing at Public Universities

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SHARON DRUMMOND / FLICKR For the first time ever, students are picking up the bulk of the tabs at state universities. According to a study released earlier this week, tuition contributions now slightly outweigh the amount of financial support state governments shell out. The U.S. Government Accountability Office tracked public colleges’ revenue from 2003 to [...]

The Fate of H.B. 288 May Depend on One Report

BIOLOGYCORNER / FLICKR Nationwide, the issue of standardized testing has emerged as a hot button issue. Experts have questioned the security of testing practices, along with the pressure tests can place on students, and teachers’ concern about losing classroom instruction time. Late last month, the issue emerged in the state legislature after the Ohio house [...]

New Report Praises Ohio For Promoting College and Career Readiness

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A new report gives Ohio high marks in pursuing policies to better prepare public school students for college and the work force. It comes from the Education Commission of the States, which is made up of educators and officials of each state.  It’s the same group that developed the Common Core learning standards. Titled Blueprint [...]

Local Foundations Can Make A Difference In Reinventing Schools

John Hay High School is home to the School of Science and Medicine, Early College High School and School of Architecture and Design.

Locally-focused philanthropic foundations can take a more significant role in turning around poor performing urban schools – that’s the message offered up by two organizations that set out to do just that in Cleveland. During the annual Community Foundations Conference held this week in downtown Cleveland, representatives of the Cleveland and Gund Foundations described their [...]

Ohio Schools Administer First Round of Third-Grade Reading Guarantee Tests

COUROSA / FLICKR Third grade students and teachers around the state may be more stressed than usual this week because they’re dealing with the test that will determine if they move on to fourth grade next year. This is the first round of testing in the third-grade reading guarantee for this school year. And John [...]

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