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Core Questions: Does the Common Core Meet the Needs of Special Education Students?

StateIm­pact is answering reader-submitted questions about the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. Ohio is one of 45 states that have fully adopted the Common Core. Today, we answer a Core Question from an audience member at the WVIZ/PBS ideastream Education panel discussion on the Common [...]

Ohio’s New Report Cards Can Confuse Parents

The state’s new report cards for school districts are designed to help schools improve and parents better monitor their progress, but could instead create confusion for parents. The new system gives A through F letter grades in nine different categories, instead of overall labels like “excellent,” or “continuous improvement” or “academic emergency.” Bill Zelei is [...]

Ohio Department of Education Accountability Head Bill Zelei Resigns

The head of the Ohio Department of Education division responsible for school accountability, including producing school report cards, has resigned. Bill Zelei’s resignation comes in the midst of investigations into whether Ohio schools have improperly manipulated student attendance data and whether the state education department bears responsibility for any wrongdoing. The investigations have led to [...]

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